THE BOMBARDMENT OF SCARBOROUGH AND HARTLEPOOL
December 16, 1914
Lastly, largely through the foresight of Admiral Oliver, we had begun setting up directional stations in August, 19 14. We thus carried to an unrivalled and indeed unapproached degree of perfection our means of fixing the position and, by successive positions, the course of any enemy ship that used its wireless installation.
'The English' says Scheer 'received news through their "directional stations" which they already had in use, but which were only introduced by us at a much later period. . . . . In possessing them the English had a very great advantage in the conduct of the war as they were thus able to obtain quite accurate information of the locality of the enemy as soon as any wireless signals were sent by him. In the case of a large fleet; whose separate units are stationed far apart and communication between them is essential, an absolute cessation of all wireless intercourse would be fatal to any enterprise. '