Dramatic, illustrated account of the biggest naval battle of the First World War. On 31 May, 1916, the great battle fleets of Britain and Germany met off Jutland in the North Sea. It was a climactic encounter, the culmination of a fantastically expensive naval race between the two countries, and expectations on both sides were high. For the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet, there was the chance to win another Trafalgar. For the German High Seas Fleet, there was the opportunity to break the British blockade and so change the course of the war. But Jutland was a confused and controversial encounter. Tactically, it was a draw; strategically, it was a British victory. Naval historians have pored over the minutiae of Jutland ever since. Yet they have largely ignored what the battle was actually like for its thousands of participants. Full of drama and pathos, of chaos and courage, JUTLAND, 1916 describes the sea battle in the dreadnought era from the point of view of those who were there.
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(165mm x 199mm x 32mm)
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UK Kirkus Review »
Jutland 1916: Death in the Grey Wastes is a compelling and revealing insight into the reality of life at sea during World War One. The authors, seeking to 'return [the battle] to its rightful place alongside the Somme and Passchendaele as one of the key episodes of the Great War', have drawn on contemporary writings to provide an emotional and provocative retelling. They discuss key events, personalities such as Jellicoe and the youngest ever Victoria Cross winner, 16 year-old Jack Cornwell, as well as debates, including the longstanding question that has perplexed historians ever since the Battle, "Who Won?". This is a riveting book that will be of interest to general as well as academic readers, starkly portraying the actuality of war, a pertinent study in this current era. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Peter Hart
Nigel Steel and Peter Hart are both historians at the Imperial War Museum in London. They have collaborated on three previous titles.