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

Hardcover | July 19, 2005

byJohn BrooksEditorJohn Brooks

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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.

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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, conseque...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.9 inPublished:July 19, 2005Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0714657026

ISBN - 13:9780714657028

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dreadnought Gunnery If your purchasing for photos this book is not for you as the only photo is on the cover. If you want to know the details of the politics and function of the Argo and Dreyer fire control systems, they are here. There is also a review of British gunnery practice and its development in the 1900-1916 period. This is then utilized to give a profoundly new view to the battle of Jutland. The ships lost where not due to gunnery errors but to tactics. The author makes promises at the beginning of the book and by the end of the book has made his case convincingly. Not an easy read, but a must if you need to know on dreadnought gunnery. Full points
Date published: 2006-02-16

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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

Editorial 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

'...essential reading to any student of the First World War' - Warship - Naval Books of the Year