On October 27, 1918 the commander of the German fleet von Hipper gave the order to launch a last desperate attack on the Royal Navy. The entire Hochseeflotte would have to confront a superior enemy, going to a certain defeat. However, on 3 November 1918, in Kiel several crews of German battleships mutinied and the firemen shook their engines, preventing ships from being released into the sea. Admiral Scheer in vain tried to persuade the crews to sail: "An honorable battle by the fleet, even if it were to be a mortal battle, will throw the seed of the new German fleet of tomorrow." There is no future for a slave fleet from a disgraceful peace.The sailors, however, were resolute in considering their war ended: five times the order was given to leave the port and five times that order was disregarded. Admiral Tirpitz, enraged and embittered by what seemed to be the betrayal of the flagship of German imperialism, around which huge economic and propaganda investments were concentrated, so he had to comment: "The German people don't understand the sea. In the hour of his destiny he didn't employ the fleet ... If our nephews will be able to fulfill this task, it is a hypothesis that remains enveloped in the darkness of the future ".
The Kiel Mutiny