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Before Jutland: The Naval War in Northern European Waters, August 1914-February 1915
Before Jutland is an effort to understand what happened at sea in northern European waters in 1914-15 when the German High Sea Fleet faced the Grand Fleet in the North Sea and the Russian Fleet in the Baltic. The book is an extensively revised and extended version of the author's 1984 work The King's Ships Were at Sea. It covers the first six months of the First World War ...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published May 15th 2015 by US Naval Institute Press
(first published March 1984)
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Oct 04, 2016 Dimitri rated it really liked it
Before Jutland, the King’s ships were at sea and there was many a thing wrong with them. The professional eye of Rear-Admiral James Goldrick offers an arcane analysis of the Grand Fleet’s deficiencies as revealed during the first 6 months of the war. On the surface, the Royal Navy justly deserved its reputation of invincibility. Not only was it numerically stronger in capital ships, it also boasted the greatest number of Dreadnoughts that combined the speed of a cruiser with the unprecedented fi ...more
One of the best military history books I've read in quite some time. The author did an excellent job in presenting the different issues the navies faced before the war, as well as during the early months of the war. Popular attention may go to big ship actions, but often simple minelaying operations may have even more relevance, and this book does a good job of showing it. I only wish he'd done a similar volume for the things after Jutland.
Before Jutland is a definitive study of the naval engagements in northern European waters in 1914–15 when the German High Sea Fleet faced the Grand Fleet in the North Sea and the Russian Fleet in the Baltic. Author James Goldrick reexamines one of the key periods of naval operations in the First World War, arguing that a focus on the campaign on the western front conceals the reality that the Great War was also a maritime conflict. Combining new historical information from primary sources with a ...more
James Goldrick is a retired two-star rear admiral in the Royal Australian Navy who held several seagoing commands and later led the Australian Defence Force Academy, Australia’s Border Protection Command, and the Australian Defence College.