Jutland: An Analysis of the Fighting Paperback – Sep 1 1998
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Only question : wonder why the drawings about hits on British ships much better than those on German ships???
Campbell's work is about shells impacting ships or water, and their explosive damage in each case where a ship was hit. It is almost entirely devoid of discussion (or even mention!) of who was where, making which decisions based on what information. It is all "what" and little "why".
In other words, very much a reference work on a very narrow (but novel) forensic aspect of this pivotal naval battle. Indeed, you could read this book and come away with the impression that Jutland was about ghost ships steaming about with no one at the helm.
Every recent book on Jutland cites this as a source, and its accuracy and professionalism in cataloging the "'oo killed 'oo" aspects of the battle, but this book is not unchallenged in all that it contains. Andrew Gordon singles Campbell out tellingly on a point of whether the 5th Battle Squadron was taking fire during its belated turn to the North. Given that the handling of this squadron was amongst the most debated elements of the battle, and Campbell's intent was to track every single shellhole, it seems clear from several seemingly indisputable primary accounts cited in Gordon's book that the ships were receiving heavy fire this entire time -- in fact, at least half of the German ships firing were concentrating on them.
This book is a valuable addition to a scholar's library, but is in every case best when combined with other books, given its finely focused topic area.Read more ›
For those whose interest includes such detailed considerations as the comparison of shell velocity and diameter versus extent of armored protection, plus the often overlooked contributions of superior fire control and damage control, this work is invaluable.
A must for any true devotee of World War I naval warfare or the evolution of major surface warship types.
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Like many, I have always been fascinated with battleship vs. battleship encounters. Jutland was the last of such "real" capital fleet on fleet battles. Mr. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2001 by Jeffrey White
A very good book that discribes EVERYTHING that happened during the battle of Jutland. Though the line drawing are not very good the information giving is out satanding. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2000 by Alan E Osborne
This book describes almost every shot fired in the battle of Jutland anf its effects in the ships. One of the most attractive features of the book is that it is not particularly... Read morePublished on March 20 2000 by E. RABOSO GARCIA-BAQUERO