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One of the book's many strengths is a background essay that prepares the reader for the battle and also offers one of the best portraits available of the Royal Navy before, during, and after the war. The author's profiles of the major players involved contribute to a deeper understanding of the battle whose opponents both claimed victory. When the British and German fleets finally met that day in 1916 off the coast of Denmark--as much by accident as by design--none would know that debate over the outcome would rage on for years and become nearly as interesting as the battle itself. Now distanced in time and completely detached from the personalities involved on that momentous day, Yates can take a fresh look at Jutland and the naval actions preceding it.
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There in no doubt that the Battle of Jutland was indecisive - and with ship's lost to both sides, it was inevitable that both Britain and Germany would claim victory. This is a book in which a knowledgeable author provides an easy-to-understand dialogue with informed and balanced opinions. In so doing, the book adds something very refreshing to an old and well-aired debate. The book is hardback and contains some 300 pages of text and 23 well chosen historic photographs. One of these shows the 17,250 ton Battlecruiser 'Invincible' having broken in two with both halves sticking out of the water - the other ends resting on the seabed below. From a diving perspective, for anyone diver contemplating an expedition to these historic wrecks, this book will provide all the background information to both the Battle itself and the intrigue which continues to this day. Please bear in mind that every ship is a War Grave. NM
Perhaps, tactically, the Battle of Jutland was inconclusive. Strategically, it was a complete British victory. Sometimes, we need hindsight for the popular masses to grasp what the experts (even) sometimes failed to do in the immediacy of the moment. Nevertheless, 'tis true. At the end of the battle, the British not only held the field but the German fleet barely stuck it's nose back out beyond the Heligoland Bight thereafter (three ventures; two rather aborted and always fleeing in the presence of superior British numbers or the rumour thereof!). Despite many British failings during the battle, all later corrected which would have spelled further disaster had the High Seas Fleet actually ventured forth again to challenge the ever growing superiority of the British Grand Fleet, the battle ended with the British cruising the North Sea and the Germans skulking desperately towards harbor and safety. A brilliant retreat is not a victory.