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Jutland: The Unfinished Battle: A Personal History of a Naval Controversy

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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 bet ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 15th 2016 by US Naval Institute Press (first published March 30th 2016)
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It's obvious Nick will take the side of filial loyalty in the Beatty-Jellicoe debate, yet that does not mean his book is discriminatingly partisan. Grandfather gets the benefit of the doubt as the man who makes the best decision avaliable in that tiny 10 minute window when the Grand Fleet needs to deploy to have the Hochseeflotte cross the T. The bitterness comes afterward:

"Where Jellicoe naturally tried to understand the lesson of Jutland, Beatty became increasingly concerned with his image an
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this book “Jutland The Unfinished Battle” by Nicholas Jellico as part of my World War I reading project. This is one of the few World War I naval actions I have read about. This battle took place 31 May and 1 June 1916 off the coast of Denmark. The combat involved steam propulsion, iron hulls, armor plate, gunfire control, explosive shells, advanced mines and most important rapid fire, long-barrel, turret-mounted, large- caliber, long- range naval guns. The goal of the battle for Germany ...more
Derek Nudd
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nick Jellicoe has a fair take on the battle, its key players and aftermath while confining discussion of the more erudite or technical points to box-outs that the casual reader can skip if (s)he wishes. (But is a casual reader going to pick up a book of this size?)

Despite the name he takes an admirably even-handed approach to what he calls the 'unfinished battle,' or what might equally be called the 'Second Battle of Jutland' - the unneccessary, vitriolic and destructive dispute between supporte
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jellicoe's magisterial study is as engaging as it is erudite, something which will enchant both the scholar and the general reader. The student of the battle will find brilliant, highly detailed commentary and analysis from the grandson of "that" Jellicoe, while the more casual reader will find lots of intriguing information about the last great conflict of the battle cruisers and "battleships" ( or dreadnoughts, if you prefer! ) When you've read JUTLAND, you'll immediately put it on your booksh ...more
David P
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent history of the Battle of Jutland, including both the historical lead up to the battle, and the recriminations and fudging that came after.

Despite the author's very personal connection, I felt that he generally took a reasonably fair approach when critiquing Admiral Jellicoe's actions, which was quite impressive in itself.
Bruce Horton
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Some interesting personal notes but very little that was new - Andrew Gordon's The Rules of the Game remains the one to beat
Randolph A Rossi
Jutland - A Epic Battle Still Cloaked In Controversy

The grandson of Admiral Jellicoe, Nick Jellicoe wrote this book about the Naval Battle of Jutland in 1916. The book starts with the transformation of the British Navy to a Modern Force. It also chronicles the building of the German Navy. I had heard about the Naval Engagement but was unaware of the details especially the controversy concerning the actions of the British Admirals Jellicoe and Beatty that still swirl around a 100 years later.

I l
Terence Lionel
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book

This rare book written by the grand son of of WW1. I agree with the author was given a raw deal. The Problem was the Royal Navy hyped the idea that war could be won in the afternoon and both Beatty and Jellicoe expected to win. The conditions had to right, the results were a draw.
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The battle itself is covered in detail and very competently, but the real brilliance of this book are:"

- the prequel leading up to it
- the aftermath
- an Appendix chapter contrasting Beatty and Jellicoe
- an Appendix chapter comparing the similarities of Tirpitz and Scheer

Just excellent, if a bit verbose in parts.
Stephen D. Regan
Brilliant examination of Jutland

Jelliico a grandson of Admiral Jellico, has brilliantly studied the biggest Naval battle in modern history. Despite the apparent bias toward his grandfather, his presentation is impeccable. This book is an A 1 text for understanding this battle.
Paul Dickson
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gripping account
Kevin J Kelley
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting account and a unique perspective - obviously some bias and some factual errors but well worth the read to a naval aficionado
David Bird
Aug 14, 2016 rated it liked it
To my mind this book combined real achievements with real disappointments.

The real achievements are the combination of a vast quantity of material, including much from German sources to trace the history of a complex battle, and the integration of insights from a personal connection with one of the principals with a reasonably balanced view of all of the leading figures.

The real disapointments are mainly down to editing, or rather the lack of it, and what seems like an unclear idea of the inten
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