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by Richard Hough

  • ISBN: 1841580538
  • Category: History
  • Author: Richard Hough
  • Subcategory: Military
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Birlinn; 2nd edition (March 23, 2009)
  • Pages: 354 pages
  • FB2 size: 1221 kb
  • EPUB size: 1863 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
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Sir Walter Raleigh at the time of an earlier great queen had written that ‘There are two ways in which England may be. .The rise of the German Navy from the early 1890s to 1914 was a remarkable achievement

Sir Walter Raleigh at the time of an earlier great queen had written that ‘There are two ways in which England may be afflicted. The one by invasio. he other by impeachment of our Trades. The rise of the German Navy from the early 1890s to 1914 was a remarkable achievement. A navy demands a multitude of special skills both in the construction of ships and the training of the men to serve in them. The Germans lacked experience equally in the manufacture of armour-plate and heavy naval ordnance as in gunnery, signalling, and manoeuvring a large number of ships at sea. Nor did they possess any naval traditions or history.

To the memory of Arthur Marder. The influence of the German Emperor – Britain’s new alliances – Admiral Fisher appointed First Sea Lord – The need for naval reforms – The conception of the Dreadnought, and her critics. An onlooker described the launch of HMS Dreadnought as ‘the greatest sight I have ever seen – it made me proud of my country and of the Navy’.

Book Condition: This book is in great condition. The pages are crisp, unmarked and clean. About the Author: Richard Hough, a well-known naval historian, is author of the acclaimed The Fleet that Had to Die and numerous other books. Black and white photographs and illustrations are sharp and clear.

And it witnessed the greatest naval battle of all time.

The Great War at Sea: 1914-1918. Author: Richard Hough. Publisher: Endeavour Press Lt. 2013. And it witnessed the greatest naval battle of all time. In ‘The Great War At Sea: 1914-1918’, the historian Richard Hough tells the story of those naval battles and how they shaped the eventual outcome of the war. It is a history as much of men as of ships; men like Sir John Jellicoe, ‘Jacky’ Fisher, and Winston Churchill, who together succeeded in jolting the Royal Navy out of its nineteenth-century complacency.

As much a history of men as of guns and ships, this contest pitted England's Winston Churchill, an arrogant but hard-working leader; the influential ex-First Sea Lord "Jacky" Fisher; and Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Fleet Sir John Jellicoe against Germany's autocratic Kaiser Wilhelm and the men under his command.

Hough isn't really interested enough in submarine warfare to focus much attention on it, and the book is too short in any event for that.

Hough focuses mostly on these two countries, covering the dreadnaught race and Jutland battle very well, but leaving me feeling that something is missing. Hough isn't really interested enough in submarine warfare to focus much attention on it, and the book is too short in any event for that.

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The author of The Bounty argues here that it was the war at sea, rather than the more famous land battles, that decided the course of World War I. This masterful narrative covers both the grand strategy and war at the individual level.
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It is somewhat difficult to be objective on the work because the Kindle text is in desperate need of a proof reader. A sinking ship does no "go clown" it goes down. Jackie Fisher's title was Lord Fisher NOT Ford Fisher. And no warship ever carried a 'g inch' gun.

As for content, multiple chapters on Jutland but less than a full chapter on the U-boat war?

On the plus side, a lot of information on the political/administrative side of the RN. The meddling and micro-management of Churchill coming in for pointed and deserved critisism.

Predictably British in outlook, Hough is not dismissive of the courage and dedication of the German sailors and shows appropriate respect for leaders like Graf von Spee and Hipper. Rather less so for the top brass.
I am in the process of reading the book now. So far as I can tell, the subject matter and the content are great. It covers quite a bit of territory quite well. More detail on this later as I finish the book.

A special note: This book is of British origin and uses British English spelling. This is completely acceptable and I have no complaint about this usage. It's the total and inept lack of close proofreading after being digitized by the OCR that I take umbrage with:

Now for the proof reading, and it's total lack thereof:

1) Split names: Batten berg
2) Miss-identified letters: lire/fire; cast/east; "called fix a pilot"/"called for a pilot"; "Naval war Stall"/"Naval War Staff"; Stan/Staff f1agship/flagship; snow-dad/snow-clad; whv/why; hack/back; ...
3) Weird extra "." as in ".Jellicoe" in may places instead of simply "Jellicoe" at the start of sentences. ".Milne", too. Also "Battenberg ..Many" More throughout the book
4) The presence of hyphenated words in a free form script format where the tablet automatically adjusts ihe word spacing (ex. conside- rations & accommoda- tion ... others abound)
5) Goofed positioning of hyphens, ex. and- <<stuff>> - <<more stuff>> as opposed to "and -"

More to follow. ...

// Added 3 Dec 13: Gaaaaaa.... !!! The OCR errors get even better! The "Sea Fords" ... Who knew that the British Admiralty was infused with a bunch of Tin Lizzies from River Rouge running the show? //

One technical point so far: Jellicoe becomes Admiral in charge of the Grand Fleet at 54. ... A few paragraphs later, we are told that he reached Flag Rank (ie. Admiral) at the age of fifty-seven! Sheesh!
This well written and informative book certainly deserves more than 3 stars, but, what seems, the total lack of editing forces me to remove stars from this brief review. There are so many grammatical errors that detract from uninterrupted reading that it's near shameful. Other than that, the book offers not only a progressive history of the sea battles of WW1, but also a look behind the curtain at the political, and military, blunders, and the unhealthy egos of the leaders who made them, both political and military. Pity the poor fighting men in the ranks.
This is a masterful work, insightful and authoritative. UNFORTUNATELY, someone in the publishing side thought Optical Character Recognition works error-free and scanned in the manuscript, rather than copying a digital text file.. The first time I read, "They went clown again," I stopped and tried to figure out what the author was trying to say. Then it dawned on me they mean "They went down again." And off I went, clowning away, enjoying the book and cursing the publisher. The First Sea Ford might have enjoyed it, along with Admiral .Jellicoe (I didn't remember his having a period before his last name, but it's found fairly consistently throughout the book). If I were an Amazon executive, I would pull this from the shelf, have someone proofread it -- the errors are many but repetitive and easily correctable -- and put it on offer again with "Clean Sweep Edition" in red on the cover photo.
When I first picked up Hough's book, I was prepared to read through yet another narrative of the key naval battles and campaigns of the war - the typical operational focus with personal anecdotes sprinkled in. As I dove into the book, I was pleasantly surprised that it was anything but another rehash of battle accounts previously exhausted by other authors. Instead, Hough focuses on the policy decisions made - especially by Churchill and the Admiralty - and how those decisions materially affected events in the field (or on the waters in this case). For example, Hough presents a balanced account of Churchill's role before and during the war - on the one hand noting his hand in modernizing the Royal Navy and on the other castigating him for the baleful effects of his attempted micromanagement of naval operations. The book's reach is broad, covering all the oceans, and provides an excellent exposition of many of the reasons the war at sea played out as it did. While largely focused on the Royal Navy, Hough does cover events from the German perspective as well - especially the prewar development of the submarine force and policies around its use during the war. All in all, a refreshing departure from the norm on a well-covered period of history.
Richard Hough is a good author who balances factual detail with colorful narrative making his work very approachable. Unfortunately, this edition, like so many Kindle books, is riddled with typos. I am half way through the book and have logged and reportd 24 of them, obviously optical character recognition errors. I am not sure why they don't have a better quality control process. Simply reading the book would elucidate the errors and a "replace all" function would easily fix the OCR errors. Additional "find" commands could follow up the fixes to ensure no new errors were introduced. These typos tarnish what would otherwise be a five star rating for this product.

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