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The only major fleet engagement of World War I, and one of the great battles of naval history, the 1916 Battle of Jutland has been surrounded by controversy ever since. The British public felt Admiral Jellicoe had failed - a reaction rooted in a hundred years of the 'Nelson cult', a conviction that anything short of a Trafalgar-style annihilation a poor substitute for victory. True, the German Fleet had sunk more ships and suffered fewer casualties, but never again did they emerge from port to take on the might of the Royal Navy. British had forced them to disengage and run for port and were still cruising off Denmark spoiling for a fight. This title recounts in detail how on an early summer's evening in 1916, the two fleets clashed head to head: the events that followed would spark a polemic that still rages today. The only major fleet engagement of World War I, and one of the great battles of naval history, the Battle of Jutland has been surrounded by controversy ever since. The British public felt Admiral Jellicoe had failed - a reaction rooted in a hundred years of the 'Nelson cult', a conviction that anything short of a Trafalgar-style annihilation a poor substitute for victory. True, the German Fleet had sunk more ships and suffered fewer casualties, but never again did they emerge from port to take on the might of the Royal Navy. Both sides knew there was no prospect of the Germans winning a surface battle. This title recounts in detail how on an early summer's evening in 1916, the two fleets clashed head to head: the events that followed would spark a polemic that still rages today.

Charles London is a military writer of long-standing reputation, with a particular interest in the Royal Navy in the Great War. He has published a number of books and articles on 19th- and 20th-century military history. His published works cover the Russo-Turkish War, the infantry of the Confederacy, German World War I assault troops, and the World War II on the Russian Front. Howard Gerrard studied at the Wallasey School of Art and has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has won both the Society of British Aerospace Companies Award and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy, and has illustrated a number of books for Osprey including Nagashino 1575. Howard lives and works in Kent, UK. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.

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  • Charles London(Author)
  • Greenwood Press; First Edition edition (9 Feb. 2004)
  • English
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  • By bakerboy on 18 May 2017

    This book is for my library,at first glance it looks very good.Am very pleased.

  • By Guest on 29 March 2017

    Pleased with all the goods 3 x items still to be delivered

  • By Ps Macleod on 14 November 2003

    The Osprey Military series of handy potted histories are the Dorling Kindersley of military history. In other words, they are generally concise but with enough depth to to do the subject justice and are lavishly illustrated. Jutland 1916 is no exception. While no great controversies are entered into, all of the known and generally uncontested facts are here. What you do not get is the in depth analysis of background, individual hit damage and minor course changes found in the likes of Andrew Gordon's 'Rules of the Game' or NJM Campbell's 'Jutland: An Analysis of the Fighting', no bad thing if you are not a student or enthusiast of the subject. What you do get is a good, honest and straightforward account; indeed all that an occasional visitor to history books of any kind, let alone naval history, will need. Many of the photographs used are refreshingly unfamiliar and the maps and illustrations are models of clarity, the 3D overhead depictions particularly so. A worthy addition to your library.

  • By Is It Worth It? on 28 March 2013

    This review is based on a clean, used copy from Amazon, published in 2000.Regarding the battle itself, the author employs a chronological, fact-driven writing style, which is satisfactory if somewhat unexciting. I feel there would be more imaginative and lively ways of getting across the conflict, and this would no doubt raise its appeal in the eyes or young readers.Lustre is added by the clear and detailed battle-maps; the same can’t be said for the three double-spread bird’s-eye view battle-maps because there is insufficient contrast between the rendering of the sea in a dark blue-grey and the ships and their courses on it.There are plenty of black & white photos and some nice art work. Attention is paid to the origins of the campaign, the fleet’s involved and the key players, all providing a good foundation for the ensuing battle, from which one can conclude that it was pretty much a stalemate and both sides learnt painful lessons from the awful casualties in men (and armour). There’s a summary chronology and a good reading list too.Osprey are quite expensive at RRP, presumably because they major on good illustration (hence their price points often compete with much more detailed paperbacks on the subject). So in this instance I was glad to pick up a used edition. Overall, it’s a useful and informative introduction, and perhaps newer editions are better presented. (**** Mar 13)

  • By Eric le rouge on 15 March 2015

    A good book as an introduction to the battle.The author follows the usual Osprey format for campaigns and delivers an honest book with great illustrations.The maps are detailed and easy to follow. I find the 3D views always a waste of space but one might like.Regarding the text content itself, the central part of the booked appeared a bit dry to me. Many ship names are thrown out, captains, etc. and it reads after a while a bit like a very dry diary. Some anecdotes are greatly told and I picked up a few things out of the ordinary for a basic reader but overall, it lacks of life.The final analyse of the author is relatively clear and gave me some thoughts on the importance of the "chance" factor in a naval battle.

  • By Thomas Raymann on 18 August 2006

    Rather dry account of a big classic battle.Seems more introduction than battle...maybe thats how it was!Good if you just need a basic overview.Too expensive for what you get.

  • By C. MARKUSS on 3 August 2013

    The book gives a good background to readers new to the subject or to those who prefer not to delve into greater detail. However it contains a few errors that should have been spotted before publication:P. 34, the British Order of Battle fails to mention that the battleship Queen Elizabeth was in dockyard hands.P. 35, in the German Order of Battle, the battleship Schliesen [sic] should read Schlesien (Silesia).P. 53, the German light cruiser Fraenlob [sic], should read Frauenlob.P. 57, Schlisen [sic] again spelled incorrectly as on page 35, though the author gets it right on page 71!P. 70, Munchen [sic], should read either München or Muenchen.P. 74, quote "German recognition signal". The German Navy did not use signalling lamps at night for recognition, but rather a pattern of coloured (red and green) lights on the masthead that enemy (here British) ships could not imitate. Strictly speaking, there was no "recognition signal".Pp. 83-84, the bow heraldry on the illustration depicts Rheinland, NOT Nassau.A general comment, German warships at Jutland had the rear funnel painted red, yet the artwork does not show this. On 13th April 1915, German torpedo boats used yellow paint on their rear funnel, according to Seemann Stumpf's famous diary, and at the Dogger Bank battle, light blue was used on their rear funnels of German ships.

  • By Aileen on 11 April 2015

    Having read various accounts covering the "Battle of Jutland" I found this condensed version quite easy to read, and certainly well illustrated with both maps & photographs. It covers events with sufficient detail to satisfy the average student/reader including a biographical outline of the various commanding officers. I thought it got straight to the point, and was good value for money...would recommend.


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