The Unfinished Battle
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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 on 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
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