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"The author, the grandson of Admiral John Jellicoe, commander of the British Grand Fleet at Jutland, gives a compelling, dramatic account of the Royal Navy's last great sea battle. His descriptions and analysis of the men, ships, tactics, decisions, successes and failures on both sides are scrupulously accurate and fair. And when he turns to Jellicoe's shabby treatment after the battle by politicians, press lords, and carping, quibbling, jealous lesser admirals, he is equally professional and accurate. The measure of Jellicoe's achievement is that the great German admirals, Scheer and Hippper, never brought the German High Seas Fleet, the Kaiser's pride and joy, out again to contest the mastery of the North Sea."--ROBERT K MASSIE, Pulitzer prize-winning author of "Castles of Steel" and "Dreadnought."Reseña del editor:
One hundred years after Jutland, the first and largest engagement of Dreadnoughts in the twentieth century,historians are still fighting this controversial and misunderstood battle. What was in fact a strategic victory stands out starkly against the background of bitter public disappointment in the Royal Navy and decades of divisive acrimony and very public infighting between the camps supporting the two most senior commanders, Jellicoe and Beatty. This book not only re-tells the story of the battle from both a British and German perspective based on the latest research, but it also helps clarify the context of Germany's inevitable naval clash. It then traces the bitter dispute that ensued in the years after the smoke of war had cleared - right up to his death in 1935, Admiral Jellicoe was embroiled in what became known as the 'Jutland Controversy'. Nick Jellicoe is uniquely placed to tell the story of Jutland.His naval connections are strong: his father, the second Earl served as First Lord of the Admiralty while his grandfather, Sir John Jellicoe commanded the Grand Fleet for the first two years on the war, from 1914 to 1916 - famously described by Churchill as being 'the only man who could have lost the war in an afternoon'.
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