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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
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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: 6667 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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As with any memoir or historical work written by a protagonist of the events this book has to be read with a degree of caution and will be most valuable to those who have read more independent accounts. That said Jellicoe's decency and integrity are apparent and unlike some memoirs of senior officers it is very difficult not to develop a sense of warmth and affection for him. The book is well written and whilst not in the most exciting literary style it is also far from being dry and the book does engage with the reader. The book has two very different stories to tell and both are of immense value to those with an interest in naval history. The first is the creation of the Grand Fleet, the second is its employment in war for the period covered. The book gives an insight into the mind of the commander of the Grand Fleet and the difficulties faced. Most notably the book makes clear that Jellicoe was primarily interested in the strategic objectives of the Grand Fleet and not short term tactical aspirations to force a great sea battle with the High Seas Fleet. Whilst destroying the High Seas Fleet was clearly desirable it was not essential to Allied victory and Jellicoe was far too intelligent to believe that the German naval command would offer up their fleet for destruction by offering to fight on the terms wanted by the Royal Navy. The kindle transfer is not great and contains a lot of those annoying typo errors that seem to be an unfortunate characteristic of the format but it does offer readers the opportunity to read a hugely important book at a low price so despite the annoying errors it seems churlish to be too harsh. The reader does need some familiarity with events to make sense of some of the errors with dates in the kindle edition. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a log sheet of daily activity 15 Feb. 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Book!! 28 April 2014
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I bought this because it was written by the only man who could possibly write a book about this subject with any authority, and I was not let down.

You get in essence two sections to this book. The first is an exhaustive account from Jellicoe about how he went about building up the fleet, base defences, new training techniques, basically the building of the then modern fleet. Wonderful in detail and historical information.

The next is an almost day by day diary affair of virtually every event of the period of '14 - '16 right through the Battle of Jutland, lessons learn from that battle and conclusions drawn.

A truly huge book in scope and detail, very well written and keeps you wanting to learn more.
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Published 10 months ago by Gaarghoile
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, rewarding
Like other reviews I agree that this is a very technical book with alot of detail. However do those who are looking to learn more about British naval history this is an invaluable... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Callum Johnstone
3.0 out of 5 stars Valuable for Research Purposes
Much of this reads like a War Diary and is dull and of little consequence but those parts which reveal the thoughts and strategy of Jellicoe himself provide essential reading for... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars History from the top
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