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THE GRAND FLEET
ADMIRAL JOHN R. JELLICOE


British Admiral John Rushworth Jellicoe was born in 1859 at Southampton, England. After serving in the First Peking Relief Expedition and the Boxer Rebellion, he commanded in various capacities until his appointment as Commander-in-Chief of the British Grand Fleet on August 4, 1914. Admiral Jellicoe's command of the Royal Navy's most important fleet was highlighted by the need to contain Germany's new navy while simultaneously maintaining a decisive commercial blockade. Under these circumstances, it became imperative that the British Fleet not accept battle under anything less than favorable conditions. This resulted in accusations of timidity which were partially unjustified, he was afterall, probably the only individual on either side who could have lost the war in a single day! The Admiral led the largest fleet in the world through a period of enormous change, during which a number of new technologies threatened to sway the balance of power away from the battleships which composed a majority of British naval strength at the time. The mere fact that Jellicoe took the time to educate himself about these new technologies was commendable, although his somewhat inaccurate declarations regarding them showed that not all of the lessons were well taken.

Jellicoe, whose official title was Admiral Viscount Jellicoe of Scapa, authored several books , including The Grand Fleet, The Crisis of the Naval War and The Battle of Jutland Bank. Selections of these many sources will be presented here with an emphasis on major events and issues.
The Grand Fleet
From the original 1919 release of this first hand account of the British Navy during World War One.

Preface

The Naval Situation in May, 1916
Chapter 11

The Battle of Jutland
Chapter 12a · Chapter 12b · Chapter 12c · Chapter 12d

The Battle of Jutland (continued)
Chapter 13a · Chapter 13b · Chapter 13c

 
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