The Crisis of the Naval War

The Royal Navy's Great War from 1917 to 1918


Admiral Viscount Jellicoe of Scapa


Cassell, London, 1920
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Printing Details

First edition, hardback bound in the original blue cloth with gilt titling to spine and crest to upper board. 24 × 16cm, xii [6] + 331pp, with 6 folding maps to pocket at rear.

The Crisis of the Naval War: This history of the Royal Navy from 1917 to 1918 was written by its First Sea Lord, Admiral John Rushworth Jellicoe. It is a detailed analysis of the Royal Navy's strategic, tactical, and logistical problems during the final two years of the First World War from the point-of-view of a professional naval officer at the highest level of the Admiralty. It follows his previous history of the operations of the British Grand Fleet which he commanded from 1914 to 1916. The crisis of the Naval war was also the greatest crisis Britain had yet to face, as the German Imperial Navy began to keep its High Sea Fleet mostly in port after the Battle of Jutland, and stepped up its extremely effective U-boat campaign against Allied shipping in the Atlantic and elsewhere. Admiral Jellicoe's narrative begins when he was promoted to the Admiralty as First Sea Lord. He describes the organization, technology, strategy and tactics adopted by the Admiralty as it struggled with the realities of unrestricted submarine warfare such as had never before been conducted or imagined. It was the advent of modern naval warfare and Admiral Jellico was there.


A good copy. The pages are lightly foxed and tanned, and one or two of the illustrations are working loose but the book remains in good readable condition. This copy has been embossed "Presentation Copy" to the title page by the publishers.



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