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Blutarski18 Nov 2016 1:38 p.m. PST

There is no shortage of books on Jutland and most of them follow the same old well worn and predictable plot path. Fortunately, books like "JUTLAND – The Unfinished Battle" by Nicholas Jellicoe come along from time to time to break the monotonously repetitive parade. The author (JJ's grandson) provides not only an elegantly efficient, comprehensive and incisive overview of the battle and the course of events leading up to it, but he also presents some excellent character and background studies on the major command personalities of both sides. In doing so, the author also shines a light on some interesting but under-appreciated sidelights.

For example -
> Jellicoe had a custom-built gaming table aboard Iron Duke where he could game out tactics and deployment option with miniature ships.

> The Grand Fleet was not the only one aware of the activities of their opponent on the night preceding Jutland – (Pg 103) "Hipper and Scheer knew from their intelligence sources that something large was afoot: Hipper's war diary states that he was told at 03:56 by U.32 that it had spotted two dreadnoughts, two cruisers and many torpedo boats heading south east (probably Beatty's). Neumunster had also told Hipper at 0:800 that two dreadnought or battle squadrons had left Scapa Flow at 22:P00 the night before" … etc.

Well researched, well referenced, well written. Highly recommended.

B

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2016 2:27 p.m. PST

Sounds good. I shall seek it.

StarCruiser18 Nov 2016 6:04 p.m. PST

FYI – one site with a listing:

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The commonly referred to site:

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Does sound like a fun read…

Charlie 1218 Nov 2016 8:01 p.m. PST

I can second B's recommendation. Finished it up a month ago and I can highly recommend it.

Mikasa20 Nov 2016 4:31 a.m. PST

Third recommendation from me, quite brilliant

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