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Jutland: An Analysis of the Fighting Paperback – Sep 1 1998


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; First edition (Sept. 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558217592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558217591
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,555,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sometimes described as *dry and technically slanted*, Campbell's meticulously wonderful study in the epic sea battle is to me the definitive word on all that is to know about what happened at Jutland. Unprecedented and unsurpassed, Campbell fills in the holes that so many naval historians have left behind while attempting to recount the story of Jutland. The bottom line is I don't see anyone else giving a DETAILED analysis of how and where EACH heavy shell hit a capital ship at Jutland and what happened afterwards. Campbell brings us in fantastically up close to examine the workings of guns, armour, propulsion, fire control and shell hits like no one has done before or after. Rather than saying it should be read with other people's efforts to compensate for its alleged dryness, I'd say all other accounts on Jutland would be woefully superficial without the anchorage of Campbell's immaculately researched findings. To a beginner, you may need to say only *British battlecruiser are weak in armour*. But to a true and seasoned enthusiast, nothing short of how H.M.S Lion suffered each of her 12 (16?) shell hits at Jutland would do. Campbell is the only one so far who has given us that. No one else has come close. I recommend his fabulous work with no hesitation.
Only question : wonder why the drawings about hits on British ships much better than those on German ships???
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Format: Paperback
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. Campbell gives a very matter-of-fact recollection of the incident, including post battle damage. All sides claimed victory in Jutland, but Mr. Campbell allows the reader to form his/her own opinions. A well written book.
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Format: Paperback
This is a reference book more so than one you read through to gain an understanding of Jutland. Other reviewers have remarked that it is "dry", and the meaning of this word in this context merits explanation.
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.
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By Alan E Osborne on Dec 23 2000
Format: Paperback
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. It is a book that talks about what really happened, not hat should of happened or what could have happened. This book is not the type of book that you would read for "fun", but if you are at all intreated in the Battle of Jutland then you should read this book.
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