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Sailors’ Revolt (Kiel Mutiny)
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Sailors’ Revolt (Kiel Mutiny)

Beginning in late October 1918, the Sailors’ Revolt ushered in the end of Imperial Germany. Within only just a few days the mutiny spread from Kiel to the entire German Reich. Mutinous sailors, soldiers stationed in the homeland, and industrial workers joined forces to overthrow the antiquated old order.

The High Seas Fleet had already been shaken by commotions in the summer of 1917. These had been caused by monotonous on-board duties as well as by poor and unequal foods rations. Another cause of unrest was the latent…

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Epkenhans, Michael, “Sailors’ Revolt (Kiel Mutiny)”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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