The Rules of the Game: Jutland and British Naval Command

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Foreword by Admiral Sir John Woodward. When published in hardcover in 1997, this book was praised for providing an engrossing education not only in naval strategy and tactics but in Victorian social attitudes and the influence of character on history. In juxtaposing an operational with a cultural theme, the author comes closer than any historian yet to explaining what was behind the often described operations of this famous 1916 battle at Jutland. Although the British fleet was victorious over the Germans, the ...
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Overview


Foreword by Admiral Sir John Woodward. When published in hardcover in 1997, this book was praised for providing an engrossing education not only in naval strategy and tactics but in Victorian social attitudes and the influence of character on history. In juxtaposing an operational with a cultural theme, the author comes closer than any historian yet to explaining what was behind the often described operations of this famous 1916 battle at Jutland. Although the British fleet was victorious over the Germans, the cost in ships and men was high, and debates have raged within British naval circles ever since about why the Royal Navy was unable to take advantage of the situation. In this book Andrew Gordon focuses on what he calls a fault-line between two incompatible styles of tactical leadership within the Royal Navy and different understandings of the rules of the games.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591143369
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2012
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 708
  • Sales rank: 673,039
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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Andrew Gordon was the Class of '57 Distinguished Chair of Naval Heritage at the U.S. Naval Academy from 2007-09. He has a PhD in war studies and is the author of British Sea Power and Procurement between the Wars an acclaimed exploration of naval policy and administration in the 1920s and 1930s.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
Acknowledgements xi
Foreword xiii
Introduction 1
I Background to Battle
1 A Ship which can do Everything 7
2 The Grand Fleet 17
3 The Fifth Battle Squadron 37
4 The Grass Was Never Greener 52
5 Another Wild Goose Chase 66
II Chasing Hipper & Evading Scheer
6 Failure to Concentrate 81
7 The Battlecruiser Duel 102
8 Standing into Danger 129
III The Underlying Reason Why
9 The Long Calm Lee of Trafalgar 155
10 Sir George Tryon's Action Principles 193
11 Meanwhile, by Royal Appointment 215
12 Nemesis 243
13 Court-Martial 250
14 Their Lordships' Predicament 275
15 Counter-Reformation 295
16 Regulate Britannia 315
17 Ordo ab Chao 340
18 An Example to Our Countrymen 371
19 Commence Hostilities Against Germany 386
IV Bringing Scheer to Jellicoe
20 Utmost Speed 403
21 The Clash of Battle-Fleets 433
22 Night Inaction 472
V Aftermath
23 Something Wrong With Our System 503
24 Dirty Work Somewhere 537
25 Perspective 562
Appendix I Time and Space at Jutland 603
Appendix II Track-Charts 606
Appendix III Time and Space at the 'Turn to the North' 611
Appendix IV German Targeting at the 'Turn to the North' 614
Appendix V Tryon's formal explanation of his Tactical Doctrine 620
Notes 623
Bibliography 692
Index 697
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