In August 1914 a minor battle took place in the Heligoland Bight, which involved the British Battle Cruiser Force. It resulted in several German cruisers and destroyers being sunk and others damaged.
In August 1914 the Germans were daily sending destroyer patrols to attack British submarines and minelayers in the northern approaches to the English Channel. Admirals Tyrwhitt in command of the Harwich Force and Keyes in command of submarines developed a plan to strike at the Germans off the Island of Heligoland. Admiral Tyrwhitt had two light cruisers and two destroyer flotillas available and Admiral Keyes three submarines. The plan was approved on 24 August by the First Sea Lord, Admiral Battenberg and the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill but when Admiral Jellicoe in command of the Grand Fleet became aware to the plan he thought it too risky. He was informed that the operation would proceed and if he wished he could send Admiral Beatty with the Battle Cruiser Force in support, which he did.