Book Review-‘The Last Days of the High Seas Fleet: From mutiny to Scapa Flow’ by N. Jellico
Nicholas Jellicoe is the grandson of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Jellicoe. Over the last few years he has thrown himself with great enthusiasm into the naval history of the First World War and his grandfather’s major role in it. I met him in Blackpool eight years ago to give him advice on launching his career as a naval historian, something he has done with great success.
His first effort, Jutland: The unfinished battle came out to commemorate the centenary of the battle in 2016 and was generally well received. I called it ‘the best narrative account of the battle currently available’. A revised new paperback edition recently issued is worth buying even if you have the original. To mark the next centenary, of the 1919 scuttling of the major units of the High Sea Fleet (as more direct translation of the German than ‘High Seas’) at Scapa he has produced a new book. After a short introduction it covers the mutiny that marked the end not just of the naval war but, together with defeat in the field, the whole German war effort. As usual, the author is fair and empathetic to his subjects and writes an accessible account of a complex situation, again perhaps the best available. The author has studied all the available sources and presents a fair compilation of their findings. I would not have put quite so much stress on all of those quoted but, in general the result is balanced and clear…