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Jutland (ePub)

The Unfinished Battle

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By Nicholas Jellicoe
Seaforth Publishing
File Size: 21.1 MB (.epub)
Pages: 402
Illustrations: 30
ISBN: 9781848323230
Published: 2nd March 2016


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**Completely revised and updated.**

As featured in The Times - Six of the best First World War reads.

Nominated for the Maritime Foundation’s Mountbatten Maritime Award for Best Literary Contribution.

Watch Nicholas Jellicoe and Graham Hobbs talk about their grandfathers' roles in the Battle of Jutland on the BBC - just scroll down. 


'Even Nelson could not have done better at Jutland than my grandfather'; an article by Nicholas Jellicoe for the Daily Telegraph

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More than one hundred years after the battle of 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 between the camps supporting the two most senior commanders, Jellicoe and Beatty.

This book not only re-tells the story of the battle from both a British and German perspective based on the latest research, but it also helps clarify the context of Germany’s inevitable naval clash. It then traces the bitter dispute that ensued in the years after the smoke of war had cleared; right up to his death in 1935, Admiral Jellicoe was embroiled in what became known as the Jutland Controversy.

Nick Jellicoe is uniquely placed to tell the story of Jutland. His naval connections are strong: his father, the second Earl served as First Lord of the Admiralty while his grandfather, Sir John Jellicoe commanded the Grand Fleet for the first two years of the war, from 1914 to 1916, and was famously described by Churchill as being the only man who could have lost the war in an afternoon.

This new paperback edition has been completely revised and offers the best and most balanced account of the battle available and can be read alongside the author's interactive website.

‘This is a marvellously enthralling account . . that combines academic thoroughness with a unique element of personal observation. I found it totally absorbing and cannot recommend it highly enough.’ Warship World

''.. closely reasoned, fair-minded and thoroughly readable.' The Times

Definitely a book to be recommended.

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The Northern Mariner, Autumn 2018

Deservedly praised at the time of its hardback edition, this revised paperback is even better. It is one of the milestone accounts of the battle of fleet clash between the British and Germans in WW1.

Warships IFR, February 2019

Author article: 'Death on the flow: the internment and scuttling of the high seas fleet' as featured by

Warships IFR, February 2019

Nicholas Jellicoe is the Grandson of Admiral of the Fleet, Earl Jellicoe of Scapa. He describes, in great detail, a balanced view of the whole conduct of the Battle. In addition he has had access to family documents and charts previously unavailable to researchers. With this extra resource, his extensive research within our National archives and German sources, Nicholas has written an outstanding description of this historic meeting of the World’s two great Navies. While the Nation had expected a second Trafalgar, strategically it was a convincing victory; the German Navy would never challenge or have the capability to challenge the might of the Royal Navy again.

Royal Naval Sailing Association

About Nicholas Jellicoe

Nick Jellicoe studied Chinese politics before working in advertising, in American Express’s European marketing group and running global communications for Rolex.

He has written about his grandfather Admiral Sir John Jellicoe who commanded the Grand Fleet at Jutland in Jutland – The Unfinished Battle, the scuttling of the German Navy in 1919 in The Last Days of the High Seas Fleet and his father George Jellicoe. An early member of the Special Air Service as David Stirling’s 2iC, his father commanded the SBS in the Aegean and later went into politics. He fittingly became the last holder of the office of First Lord of the Admiralty. His next book, Jellicoe’s War, to be published in October by Seaforth Publishing, deals with Admiral Jellicoe’s war against the U-boat threat in the First War.

Nick is a frequent presenter on TV and radio and works closely with a number of naval and maritime museums. He is a Vice Patron of the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust and the Maritime Archaeological Trust. He lives with his wife and one of their two daughters in Switzerland.

Battle of Jutland

31st May 1916

Largest naval battle of World War I between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet which killed 8,645 in an inconclusive battle but strategic British victory. German fleet never puts to sea again in WWI.

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