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Dreadnought Gunnery and the Battle of Jutland John Brooks

Dreadnought Gunnery and the Battle of Jutland By John Brooks

Dreadnought Gunnery and the Battle of Jutland by John Brooks


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Reviews the studies of fire control, and describes the essentials of naval gunnery in the dreadnought era. This book provides accounts of the Dreyer/Pollen controversy, and of gunnery at Jutland. It outlines the German fire control system, and offers an assessment of Beatty's tactics throughout the Battle of Jutland.

Dreadnought Gunnery and the Battle of Jutland Summary

Dreadnought Gunnery and the Battle of Jutland: The Question of Fire Control by John Brooks

This new book reviews critically recent studies of fire control, and describes the essentials of naval gunnery in the dreadnought era.

With a foreword by Professor Andrew Lambert, it shows how, in 1913, the Admiralty rejected Arthur Pollen's Argo system for the Dreyer fire control tables. Many naval historians now believe that, consequently, British dreadnoughts were fitted with a system that, despite being partly plagiarised from Pollen's, was inferior: and that the Dreyer Tables were a contributory cause in the sinking of Indefatigable and Queen Mary at Jutland.

This book provides new and revisionist accounts of the Dreyer/Pollen controversy, and of gunnery at Jutland. In fire control, as with other technologies, the Royal Navy had been open, though not uncritically, to innovations. The Dreyer Tables were better suited to action conditions (particularly those at Jutland). Beatty's losses were the result mainly of deficient tactics and training: and his battlecruisers would have been even more disadvantaged had they been equipped by Argo. It follows the development of the Pollen and Dreyer systems, refutes the charges of plagiarism and explains Argo's rejection. It outlines the German fire control system: and uses contemporary sources in a critical reassessment of Beatty's tactics throughout the Battle of Jutland.

Dreadnought Gunnery and the Battle of Jutland Reviews

'For anyone seriously interested in that period of naval history, this book is indispensible.'

Ruddock Mackay

'In a clear, dispassionate and compelling manner, Brooks gives us an excellent account of dreadnought gunnery at Jutland and of its previous technical evolution.'

Ruddock Mackay

Table of Contents

1. Old Controversies, New Histories 2. Long Range Naval Gunnery 3. Progress in Gunnery 4. A.C. and Argo
The Dreyer Tables 5. Influences and Choices 6. Into Battle 7. Jutland and After 8. An Exceptional Case

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NLS9780415407885
9780415407885
0415407885
Dreadnought Gunnery and the Battle of Jutland: The Question of Fire Control by John Brooks
New
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
2006-04-06
336
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