The Unfinished Battle

By Peter C Smith


More than one hundred years after the battle of Jutland, the first and largest engagement of Dreadnoughts in the twentieth century, historians are still fighting this controversial and misunderstood battle. What was in fact a strategic victory stands out starkly against the background of bitter public disappointment in the Royal Navy and decades of divisive acrimony and very public infighting between the camps supporting the two most senior commanders, Jellicoe and Beatty.

This book not only re-tells the story of the battle from both a British and German perspective based on the latest research, but it also helps clarify the context of Germany’s inevitable naval clash. It then traces the bitter dispute that ensued in the years after the smoke of war had cleared; right up to his death in 1935, Admiral Jellicoe was embroiled in what became known as the Jutland Controversy.

Nick Jellicoe is uniquely placed to tell the story of Jutland. His naval connections are strong: his father, the second Earl served as First Lord of the Admiralty while his grandfather, Sir John Jellicoe commanded the Grand Fleet for the first two years of the war, from 1914 to 1916, and was famously described by Churchill as being the only man who could have lost the war in an afternoon.

This new paperback edition has been completely revised and offers the best and most balanced account of the battle available and can be read alongside the author’s interactive website.

‘This is a marvellously enthralling account . . that combines academic thoroughness with a unique element of personal observation. I found it totally absorbing and cannot recommend it highly enough.’ Warship World

Vintage Airfix Review:

This book is written by the grandson of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, who commanded most of the British fleet during World War I at Jutland. As a result of this and the naval stories passed down within the Jellicoe family, this book has been exceptionally detailed and uniquely researched. A comprehensive report that covers both sides of the conflict.

For many years, the battle of Jutland has fascinated historians and naval modellers alike. There is probably no better book on this subject than this one.

Definitely a book to be recommended.