Please click to go to the Military section


Please click to go to the Naval & Aviation section

Naval, Aviation

Please click to go to the History section


Please click to go to the Biography section


Please click to go to the Reference section


Please click to go to the Travel section


Please click to go to the Fiction section


Please click to go to the Glossary


Please click for Ordering Information

Order Information

Please click to go to the Order Form

Order Form

Please click to go to the LINKS page



"Superior Force"

RESURGAM BOOKS : The Manor House, Flamborough, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire



Resurgam Books

Resurgam Books

Non-fiction Books by Geoffrey Miller

Superior Force



Cover of "Superior Force"




The conspiracy behind the
escape of Goeben and Breslau


The first volume of the Straits Trilogy by Geoffrey Miller



Volume I: Superior Force : the conspiracy behind the escape of Goeben and Breslau


Volume II: Straits : British Policy towards the Ottoman Empire and the Origins of the Dardanelles Campaign


Volume III: The Millstone : British Naval Policy in the Mediterranean, 1900-1914, the Commitment to France and British Intervention in the War




These books provide a comprehensive account of British naval and diplomatic policy in the two decades prior to the Great War, focusing in particular on the escape of the German ships Goeben and Breslau [Superior Force], the origins of the Dardanelles Campaign [Straits], and the political and diplomatic imperatives behind the British decision to enter the war in August 1914 [The Millstone].

Each non-fiction title by Geoffrey Miller has its own dedicated web-site.

On all of these sites the ENTIRE TEXT IS AVAILABLE.

For further information on each individual title, please select a link below or click on a cover to go to that book's web-site.


Please click to go to the Superior Force web site Please click to go to the Straits web site Please click to go to The Millstone web site
[Superior Force]
[The Millstone]







In the first weeks of August, 1914 the German battle cruiser, Goeben, and her accompanying light cruiser, Breslau, escaped the clutches of the pursuing British Mediterranean Squadron and took refuge at Constantinople, where they would later exert a decisive influence upon Turkey’s attempts to remain out of the war.

In October 1914, with the connivance of the Turkish Minister of War, but against the wishes of the majority of the Turkish Cabinet, the German Admiral at the head of the Turkish Navy single-handedly forced the issue. At the helm of Goeben, Admiral Souchon manoeuvred into the Black Sea and deliberately shelled Russian ships, ports and shore installations. The Turks, reluctant to the last, were finally catapulted into the War. Yet, would this outcome have eventuated without the presence of Admiral Souchon and Goeben? The Turkish fleet by itself was too weak to risk a sortie in the Black Sea. Without Goeben could the issue have been forced?

Meanwhile, the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, actively sought Greek co-operation for a planned major offensive against the Turks at the Dardanelles. His plea for assistance reached the British Officer at the head of the Greek Navy, Rear-Admiral Mark Kerr, who set impossible conditions which he knew would result in the proposal being rejected in London. What Churchill did not know, and which has never previously been revealed, was that Kerr had not only removed any chance of Greek participation at the Dardanelles, but had also been instrumental in the conspiracy afoot in Athens during August to allow the German ships to escape in the first place.

Various accounts of the escape have sought to apportion blame, with the Admiralty (under Churchill), the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean, and the Rear-Admiral, First Cruiser Squadron all being found culpable to some extent. What no previous account has revealed however is the fact that there was an organized conspiracy afoot in Athens, involving the Greek Premier on one side, and the King and a serving British Rear-Admiral on the other, to facilitate the escape of the German ships.

The eventual destination of Goeben and Breslau (a mystery to the British until the ships actually reached the Dardanelles) was common knowledge amongst ruling circles in Athens some hours before Britain declared war on Germany. Privy to this secret was Rear-Admiral Mark Kerr, the British Officer at the head of the Greek Navy. For three vital days Kerr kept the secret to himself; then, when it was almost too late, he fed the Admiralty clues which were, however, not acted upon.

In addition to being the most complete account of the dramatic escape yet published, Superior Force, for the first time, reveals the extent of the Athens conspiracy and the ambivalent rôle played by Mark Kerr who, soon after, would also remove any chance of Greek co-operation in the major offensive planned by Churchill against the Turks at the Dardanelles. Few men can genuinely be said to have changed history; by his actions in Athens in the summer of 1914 Mark Kerr is one of those few.




To Order :

On this site, you will not find "Shopping Baskets" and "Buy Me Now" boxes, whose purpose is to entice you to complete a purchase without any human intervention. We pride ourselves on our personal attention to detail. If you are at all unsure about any aspect of the books offered, please telephone, fax, write or e-mail me with your query which will be answered promptly and, I hope, knowledgeably.

I am unable, at present, to accept orders via the web. However an order can be sent either by letter, fax, e-mail or telephone. For any other queries or information please do not hesitate to contact me. To order now, please select the ORDER FORM.



Resurgam Books

Contact Information

        Geoffrey Miller can be contacted by:

Telephone or FAX
01262 850943  [International: +44 1262 850943]
Postal address
The Manor House,
East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15 1PD
United Kingdom.


Alternative navigation is available below

Resurgam Books

Please click to go to the top of this page

Home Contents Superior Force Straits The Millstone
Military History Naval & Aviation History History Biography Ordering Information
Travel Gardening Fiction Reference Order Form

Web-site design & content Copyright © 1995-2013 Geoffrey Miller

Copyright © 1995-2016.
Please note that all rights are reserved and that no part of this publication may be further reproduced by any means without the prior permission of the author, Geoffrey Miller, who has asserted his right in accordance with sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988 to be identified as the author of this work.