- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.
Had you ever heard of the Battle of Coronel? Me neither. It was an engagement early in World War I off the coast of Chile in which the British lost 1,660 sailors. The Yorkshire Post, in a book review, calls it "Britain’s worst naval disaster for a 100 years."