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

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  23 reviews
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 ...more
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book, offering a detailed history of the Battle of Jutland and its place in the strategic outcomes of WWI. Written by the grandson of the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet Commander at the Battle, it is not a surprise that the book presents Admiral Jellicoe in a more positive light than he has often obtained. However, it is not a pure polemic, the Admiral’s shortcomings and the mistakes he made are discussed. The author’s belief being that Jellicoe’s decisions were not as bad, in a strategic sense ...more
Mac McCormick III
Nick Jellicoe's Jutland: The Unfinished Battle: A Personal History of a Naval Controversy is quite an interesting read; it's a look at the World War I naval battle from the perspective of the grandson of the commander of the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet. I didn't know quite what to expect objectivity-wise given the author's relationship to one of the controversial figures of the Battle of Jutland, but I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't an issue; to some extent, it is a defense of Admiral Jell ...more
Feb 27, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In some ways content wise it is a 4, but there are some issues that mean I can’t give it more than 3

If you have never read a book on Jutland this will do a splendid job for you.
If you still have it in your head that at Jutland Beatty was the hero and Jellicoe a villain - you really need to read this for a summary of the updated thinking.
If the post battle vitriolic propaganda war about the battle might interest you - this is a definite winner.

As someone who has read so many of the Jutland books
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.

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Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should it say, "The Unfinished summary?"

Nick Jellicoe's account of the Battle of Jutland, and the circumstances before and after makes a fine read. It perhaps feels to this reader that the Battle account itself is short in relation to the rest of the book, but that was the authors choice.
Jellicoe has tried to give an unbiased account and has largely succeeded; it was down to an accompanying tv documentary to really give editorial to David Beatty's changing of pertinent details years after the Ba
May 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jutland - Battle of History

After reading this book, it seems a very interesting aspect of historical debate continues to this day. The debate over the British fleet actions at Jutland is explained very well in this book.
The action itself is well documented.  There was a lot of typos in this Kindle version.  I reccomend the book, for Great War enthusiasts.
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.
Aki Korhonen
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jellicoe on Jellicoe

At first I had the impression that this book would try to be a biased work intended to shore up the family name of Jellicoe. However by the time I was done with it, I found it to be a reasonably balanced and detailed review of this great battle over 100 years ago. A good read for anyone interested in specifics of the battle and the aftermath.
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.
Joe Lucibello
Book was fine, pretty much a slog from start to finish. I am an American reading the book with less background but the focus was slightly different than expected.
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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Very interesting but a bit too much detail
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Nicholas Charles Joseph John Jellicoe is a British military history writer and retired corporate executive. His father, George Jellicoe, commanded the Special Boat Service during World War II. His grandfather, Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, commanded the British Royal Navy's Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland during World War I. ...more

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