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Superb analysis of Jutland and the reasons for its outcome.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Rules of the Game: Jutland and British Naval Command (Paperback)In a detailed analysis of the personalities commanding and the operational practice of the Edwardian Royal Navy, Andrew Gordon draws compelling conclusions about the failure of the Grand Fleet to annihilate the High Seas Fleet at Jutland. The background to the key commanders on the British side is examined in detail, showing how the practice of managing a peace time navy submerged the business of commanding a wartime battlefleet. The Royal Navy's role was, and still is, to fight wars. It is not to have the smartest looking ships or best executed formation sailing. The loss of this vision of the Royal Navy's purpose was recognised in the service, but despite the efforts of many officers, the service did not change in time for war.
The conclusions drawn by the author are directly applicable to any modern service dealing with the unexpected. This includes not only the traditional fighting services but also police and other emergency services.
A marvellous book, highly recommended.
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