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Great Naval Commanders Of The First World War

Great Naval Commanders Of The First World War [Kindle Edition]

Richard Freeman
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One great war. Two nations facing each other across the North Sea. Two mighty fleets each waiting for the chance to annihilate the other.

At Scapa Flow, the British Grand Fleet blocked Germany’s exit to the Atlantic. From the German ports, the High Seas Fleet waited to pounce on any British ship that left the safety of its home port.

But did these great fleets have great commanders to match the challenge they faced?

This book tells the story of how admirals Beatty, Hipper, Jellicoe and Scheer struggled to find strategic success in the new world of high-speed ships and long-range gunnery. They expected one almighty battle at the start of the war. Instead they found skirmishes and raids.

In this brilliant history of the First World War at sea, we see the main events of the naval war – Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank, Jutland, the east coast raids and the U-boat war – through the eyes of the participants. There is dash and caution, courage and feint-heartedness, feats of brilliance and tales of missed opportunities.

Never before has the naval war been seen as here. We meet the dashing Beatty, the cautious Jellicoe, the disciplined Scheer and the single-minded Hipper as they struggle to bring their adversary to battle. We read of their hopes, fears and rivalries. And we see how each faced the disappointments and disasters that are the nature of war at sea.

Each man saw his command as his one chance to prove his greatness and to gain glory and honour for his country.

But which one was the greatest?

Richard Freeman graduated in mathematics before following a career in distance education. He now writes on naval history. His other books include ‘Britain’s Greatest Naval Battle’ and ‘A Close Run Thing: The Navy and the Falkland War’.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 165 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (1 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088B04CC
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #284,323 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After years of working in education and training I have turned my lifelong passion for history into a new career as a writer of naval history. I particularly like to write about the people - Fisher, Asquith, Beresford, Churchill and so on. As you can see from my books, I do battles as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ruling the Waves in WWI 5 Jun 2012
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This is another short, enjoyable book from Naval Historian Richard Freeman. I enjoy the format of these debates about the greatest - and even though I am familiar with the period I still found out new information about the naval commanders discussed in the book. It must be said at first that, considering the significance and scale of the navies at this time, no one commander truly made a name for himself akin to Drake or Nelson during this period. Indeed all of the four "great" commanders discussed in the book are greatly flawed in some ways (although this was in part due to the chain of command and nature of naval warfare during the war).

The true virtue of this book is that it expands the argument to include German commanders - and discusses the war at sea from the enemy's side. Although Britain once ruled the waves, in regards to innovation and seamanship/leadership, Richard Freeman judiciously points out that this was no longer the case at the dawn of the 20th century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fair and Enjoyable "Greatest" 28 Jun 2012
By Natalie
Format:Kindle Edition
Having greatly enjoyed the Greatest Prime Minister and Greatest Naval Battle books, I had high hopes for The Greatest Naval Commander and I was not disappointed. Richard Freeman thoroughly and fairly discusses Jellicoe, Scheer, Beatty and von Hipper considering military and tactical characteristics as well as features of their respective personalities. He is sensitive to their differing contexts and neatly reaches a satisfying conclusion based on a solid set of arguments. For someone who knows slightly less about a couple of the periods considered, I found this book informative and digestible and was able to absorb it fully on the train to work this week.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth bothering with. 11 Aug 2013
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This is a fairly short essay on the four main admirals present at Jutland.
It adds nothing new to the subject and has no surprise conclusions.
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A short book that is perhaps tailored for a "newbie" to WW1 naval history rather than a serious student of the period.

The value of the book is perhaps to tempt the reader into more extensive studies of the subject.

The book represents pretty good value at £1.99 for a Kindle Edition.

I would very much recommend ths book as a "taster" for more in depth study of the Admirals at Jutland.

I agree with the final analysis of which of the 4 admirals was "The Greatest" although in truth it is really a case of identifying the least flawed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars three stars 15 Dec 2014
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Downloaded because it was free, has some interesting points.
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