THE LIFE OF JOHN RUSHWORTH EARL JELLICOE, G.C.B., O.M., G.C.V.O., LL.D., D.C.L.

Bacon, Admiral Sir R. H.


£75.00




2nd ed., October 1936 (first published the same month). Xvi + 565 pp., frontis, + 40 other photo-plates, + maps, plans & charts (some fldg.) Blue cloth; gilt ; gilt/cold. armorial cover ; plastic protractor attached for use with several plates. 23 x 16cm. Bright & crisp copy ; Nr.FINE. The author, Admiral Bacon (1863-1947), recalls the life of a contemporary - Admiral Lord Jellicoe (1859-1935) - who entered the Royal Navy in 1872 and after a brilliant cadet-ship was promoted lieutenant in 1880. Jellicoe fought in the Egyptian War of 1882 and was one of the fortunate survivors from the VICTORIA / CAMPERDOWN disaster of 1893. He commanded an overland expedition to relieve the legations at Peking during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 during which he was severely wounded and was awarded the CB. Following a special gunnery course Jellicoe played a major role in the overdue modernization of the Fleet under Fisher’s direction. He was particularly enthusiastic about the speedy adoption of the Dreadnoughts, the torpedo, and submarine tactics. At the outbreak of war in 1914 he was appointed C-in-C of the Grand Fleet. After two minor engagements he caught a reluctant German High Seas Fleet off Jutland and although the outcome was unsatisfactory - and subject to ill-informed criticism at the time - it did serve to display Jellicoe’s naval genius. A bright copy with the protractor intact.


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