The Rules of the Game: Jutland and British Naval Command

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Foreword by Admiral Sir John Woodward. When published in hardcover in 1997, this book was praised for providing an engrossing education not only in naval strategy and tactics but in Victorian social attitudes and the influence of character on history. In juxtaposing an operational with a cultural theme, the author comes closer than any historian yet to explaining what was behind the often described operations of this famous 1916 battle at Jutland. Although the British fleet was victorious over the Germans, the cost in ships and men was high, and debates have raged within British naval circles ever since about why the Royal Navy was unable to take advantage of the situation. In this book Andrew Gordon focuses on what he calls a fault-line between two incompatible styles of tactical leadership within the Royal Navy and different understandings of the rules of the games.

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Andrew Gordon began his investigation into Jutland following a casual conversation seven years ago. He has a Ph. D in War Studies and is the auhtor of "British Sea Power and Procurement Between the Wars," an acclaimed exploration of naval policy and administration in the 1920s and '30s.

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'Explosive' -- Navy News 20051101 "A marvellous work ... a rare combination of major substance and easy accessibility." Jon Sumida. -- American Neptune "A superb study of military culture." Jeremy Black. -- History Today "For all naval historians, riveting reading." Christopher Andrew. -- Sunday Telegraph "The most profound study of Jutland this reviewer has ever read." Antony Preston. -- Warship

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