Book Review – ‘Voices from Jutland: A centenary commemoration’ by Simon Smith
Voices from Jutland is one of a number of books recently released to coincide with the centenary of the largest naval battle of the First World War. Crossley’s aim is to examine the strengths and weaknesses of both British and German navies and identify why the Royal Navy’s performance was disappointing. In order to do this Crossley provides an informative introduction to the topic, which discusses the situation of the Royal Navy prior to the First World War and the rivalry of the Anglo-German naval arms race in the early twentieth century. In so doing, he examines the technological developments, such as radar and the modernization of warships, so as to set out clearly how unprepared for the realities of war navies were.
Crossley sensibly traces the prelude to Jutland through the engagements at Heligoland Bight, Coronel, the Falklands, the attacks on Scarborough and the north coast of England, and Dogger Bank in order to introduce the main consideration of the book: the battle of Jutland …