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The Jutland Scandal (ePub)

The Truth About the First World War’s Greatest Sea Battle

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By Admiral Bacon, Vice Admiral Harper
Frontline Books
File Size: 22.8 MB (.epub)
Pages: 252
ISBN: 9781848329393
Published: 5th January 2016


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The Royal Navy had ruled the sea unchallenged for 100 years since Nelson triumphed at Trafalgar. Yet when the Grand Fleet faced the German High Seas Fleet across the grey waters of the North Sea near Jutland the British battleships and cruisers were battered into a draw, losing far more men and ships than the enemy.

The Grand Fleet far outnumbered and outgunned the German fleet so something clearly had gone wrong. The public waited for the official histories of the battle to be released to learn the truth, but month after month went by with the Admiralty promising, but failing, to publish an account of Jutland. Questions were raised in Parliament (twenty-two times) yet still no official report was produced, due to objections from Admiral Beatty.

This led to Admiral Bacon producing his own account of the battle, called The Jutland Scandal in 1925. Two years later the man instructed to write the official report, Rear-Admiral Harper, decided to publish his account independently, under the title The Truth About Jutland.

Together, these two books lay bare the facts about Jutland and reveal the failings of senior officers and the distortions of the early historians. Produced as one volume for the first time, this book tells the truth about the scandal that developed following the largest battle ever fought at sea.

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Video review by Dr Alexander Clarke

Worth reading as an antidote to pro-Beatty hagiography.

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VGZN/APFN, October/December 2016

“These two accounts, both drawn from official files, reveal just what a massive, chaotic, thrilling fight Jutland was: a German bid to lure the Royal Navy to a watery grave, converted to a strategic victory for the British.”—Geoffrey Wawro, author of A Mad Catastrophe

“[Harper and Bacon’s] clear and authoritative accounts emphasize issues such as tactics, technology, command, and seamanship...these accessible works are mandatory for serious students of naval warfare and WWI.”

Publishers weekly

A fresh presentation of two books first published in the 1920s. Vice Admiral Harper wrote his personal account after his Admiralty-approved analysis was suppressed; Admiral Bacon wrote his after various London newspapers and Winston Churchill has sided with Beatty. Both accounts include useful maps to illustrate the tactical questions that arose. This volume is for the specialist wishing to read more deeply into the battle.

Navy Today, June 2016, issue 200 – CDR Richard Jackson RNZN

These two accounts give important insights into the battle. Bacon's analysis includes very useful diagrams that explain the subtle dynamics of fleet action. Harper's contains some incisive comments.

Navy News May 2016

Introduced and explained by John Grehan, this is a reprint of two books, The Truth About Jutland, by Rear Admiral JET Harper, 1927 and The Jutland Scandal by Admiral Sir Reginald Bacon, 1933 now gathered in a single volume...

... Together, these two books provide an excellent primer about the battlefleet tactics in the context of the seamanship and communications of the period while at the same time giving insight into the Jutland controversy that threatened to engulf the Royal Navy in the 1920's. Highly recommended despite problems with three of the illustrations used in this interesting volume.

Marine News, June 2016 - Richard Osborne

The Jutland Scandal comprises a reprint of two books: ‘The Truth About Jutland’ by John Harper and ‘The Jutland Scandal’ by Reginald Bacon. These books were first published in May 1927 and January 1925 respectively (which extended to three impressions for Harper’s book and five for Bacon) to refute the reputational assaults on the former Royal Navy Grand Fleet (GF) Commander-in-Chief Admiral Sir John Jellicoe’s command at the Battle of Jutland 31 May to 01 June 1916...

... These are important books, now combined in one volume, and essential to a balanced overall study of Jutland and the Royal Navy in the First World War. At the time of publication the authors wrote for an audience familiar with Jutland and its aftermath. Contemporary readers should recognise this and may find a good ‘introductory’ text such as the abovementioned ‘Jutland; The Unfinished Battle’ useful.

Australian Naval Institute - Tim Coyle

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Forces War Records/June 2016

Produced as one volume for the very first time, the book tells both Admiral Bacon's and Admiral Harper's accounts of the Battle of Jutland. They reveal the failings of senior officers and the distortions of the early historians and tell the truth about the biggest scandal that developed following the largest battle ever fought at sea. Understandably, the writing style is a century old and distinctly British, but it remains both readable and understandable. An essential book that details the decisions made before during Jutland and very recommended to those who wish to establish a complete appreciation of the last major engagement between opposing battle fleets.

Sea Breezes/April 2016

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About Admiral Bacon

Reginald Hugh Spencer Bacon, from Wiggonholt in West Sussex, joined the Royal Navy in 1877, at the age of just fourteen or fifteen. He passed away in 1947.

About Vice Admiral Harper

John Ernest Troyte Harper was born in New Zealand on 29 May 1874, joining the Royal Navy in 1888. He died in 1949.

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