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The Grand Fleet 1914-1916: Its Creation, Development And Work (Strategy Classics Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

John Jellicoe , Erik Empson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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*An account of the Battle of Jutland by the man who held Britain's fate in his hands*

This is a blow by blow account of the naval war 1914-1916 written by the Admiral of the Grand Fleet John Jellicoe. It includes his detailed account of the battles of Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank and Jutland, the sinking of the HMS Hampshire and the death of Lord Kitchener. Jellicoe gives an extensive account of the makeup of the fleet, the disposition of its vessels, and the challenges faced by one of the largest navies the world was ever to see and a mighty foe apparently bent on its destruction.

With an extensive introduction, commentary and annotations by Erik Empson relating to ship classes and armaments, historical context, disputes concerning Jellicoe’s accounts, and the contemporary discussion about this central episode in the first world war. The book includes topics such as early torpedo warfare, range finding, the navy’s early use of planes in combat and submarine warfare. As a reference work it is a essential guide to the ships of the Great War from the might super-dreadnought to the humble patrol boat as well as the commanders and men that fought and died in them.

The book is jam-packed with rare and unique period illustrations, and throughout period photographs of important vessels are supplied, including rare explanatory designs of vessel classes. It will be of great use to archivists, genealogists, family historians because the book is packed with details about the disposition and movements of many craft at different points, as well as many names of captains and the fates of their crew.

Jellicoe's stewardship of the Grand Fleet created much post-war controversy and this book and its challenging introduction shed much light upon the details of the matter. Most of all it will appeal to people who love nice big boats and can't get enough of well-considered political and military history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6250 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Not So Noble Books; 3 edition (18 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C6BFG3W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,239 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars at last it's on kindle 13 April 2013
This is right from the horses mouth, and any student of naval warfare or the first world war will be as glad I was to get hold of this at last on my kindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you! 12 April 2013
By Emma
Very pleased to find this book as I discovered information that cleared up a story about a family member who, we'd always thought it very strange, had been on a 'postal' ship stationed at Scapa Flow during the war...brilliant source of info. thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Naval classic 8 April 2013
I was drawn to this book after reading a couple of sensationalist accounts of the Battle of Jutland which seemed to me exaggerated to tell a good story rather than give an accurate appraisal of what transpired during the naval war 1914-18, and have been pleased to read the account from the horse's mouth, Jellicoe, the admiral actually in charge of the British fleet.
I have to say some of the book was too technical for me, but all the sections are clearly marked out and I just read those relevant to my interests. The chapter on submarine and mine warfare was of particular interest, not least because so the story goes, Jellicoe became discredited for having no answer to this new form of warfare.
I was impressed very much however by the introduction which really makes you think about the dilemmas that confronted both the Imperial German navy and Britain's Grand Fleet, and realised that I had been a bit of an idiot in somehow thinking that both of them slugging it out in a massive battle in the North Sea would have something desirable.
There are also a number of stunning images in the book, which have been carefully sourced and help you through some of the jargon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a log sheet of daily activity 15 Feb. 2014
By K. Mitchell VINE VOICE
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This is the war diary of Admiral Jellicoe, setting out how he became leader of the British Grand Fleet and what went on in that fleet up to his becoming First Sea Lord not long after the battle of Jutland. It's chronological for the most part, giving a quick account of the war month by month, detailing what ships went where, what got sunk, how many merchant ships were checked and interned, etc. All pretty dry stuff, up to and including his account of the Battle of Jutland. At the end he also publishes his actual report of the battle that was sent to the Admiralty at the time, along with his own thoughts on how it went down.

The really interesting part is seeing how much their thinking at the time was influenced by submarines and mines. Aircraft were only just becoming useful and were in no way capable of doing anything much more than spotting, but subs, torpedoes and mines really put a crimp in their day. They underestimated the range and usefulness of the German sub arm, and paid dearly learning about it and trying to devise a way to stop them before they rendered all their humongous battleships worthless. Ultimately the battleship did pass into history, and we see the start of it in this diary.
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From THE MAN himself, a wide ranging treatise a breaking down and a building up of story of The Grand Fleet during The Great War by a master craftsman who knew his job and kept his eye on the ball. If you are one to wander into the W"s" ...the why's when's whose where's what's ....why not see into John Jellicoes incisive mind how this virtual armour plated seabourne chess board game panned out - here it is - straight from the horses mouth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is an absolute essential for anyone interested in the subject. Like its authors Grand Fleet Battle Orders it is a fairly turgid read at times but comprehensive and the story of the Grand Fleet in its pomp, told by the most self effacing of Commanders, but with sharp comments if you read between the lines. After this, read Arthur Marder for the unsaid bits.
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By T H
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Apart from some minor flaws (wrong or incorrectly spelt ship names)this book gives a far more balanced understanding of the role of the Grand Fleet. The reader will gain a better understanding of not only the work of the Capital Ships but the continuous patrols, minesweeping, coaling and Ship repairs performed by the rest of the Grand Fleet.
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