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eBook With the Battlecruisers (Classics of Naval Literature) download ISBN: 087021795X
Author: Filson Young
Publisher: Naval Institute Press (February 1, 1987)
Language: English
Pages: 320
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Category: History
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With the Battlecruisers.

With the Battlecruisers. Of the half-great men, or great half-men, of our time, in whom lack of scruple in the pursuit of large ends is held to be a positive virtue, Lord Fisher was probably as the near the whole man as any; and this story may as well begin with him.

With the Battlecruisers (Classics of Naval Literature). There were some glitches in production (we didn't see proof for the back-matter, so there are some line references that are off), but I'm still very proud of the text we came up with and happy to see so many copies on the second-hand market. 4 people found this helpful.

With the Battle Cruisers book. The horrors of naval warfare are well covered here. Serving with the battle cruisers, Filson Young was placed at the tip of the spear as the war in the North Sea unfolded over the course of 1914-15. In the years before the First World War, Filson Young had become friends with several notable Royal Navy leaders, including Lord Fisher and Admiral Beatty. Nearly as interesting are his interactions with persons Naval Warfare in WW I, from a participant's perspective.

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The battlecruiser was the brainchild of Admiral Sir John ("Jacky") Fisher, the man who had sponsored the construction of the world's first "all big gun" warship, HMS Dreadnought. He visualised a new breed of warship with the armament of a battleship, but faster, lighter, and less heavily armoured. The first three battlecruisers, the Invincible class, were laid down while Dreadnought was being built in 1906.

A British journalist provides a full and intimate picture of naval life in the opening months of World War I.

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Filson Young was a British journalist and writer who talked himself into a naval commission in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1914. Young was a great admirer of Admiral SIr David Beatty, C-in-C of the Battlecruiser Squadron at this point. Later C-in-C Grand Fleet and later Admiral of the Fleet and First Sea Lord as Admiral Earl Beatty of the North Sea.

While Beatty complained about Wilson hanging about, he did invite him to take his meals in his personal mess with his closest officers. Beatty was keen on public relations. The public loved him. He was a fighter. Wore his cap at a rakish angle, had married a wealthy American heiress, pursued affairs with a number of beautiful women. So he was both dashing and a bit of bad boy.
Our best source of knowledge about Beatty as man and Admiral comes from With the Battlecruiser by Filson Young. Anyone who has an interest in Beatty will want to read this. Young was observant as well as being a wonderful writer.
Before reading this book you should read something about Filson Young..the author and Admiral Sir David Beatty. Also Young and Winston Churchill were news men together in the Boer War. The book itself was written in the early 1920's when many people were writing books about the Royal Navy in World War I. Most of these books were either supportive of Beatty and his war record or the opposite. At the time this was written Beatty was First Sea Lord and struggling with the forced reduction of the British Fleet. The book is a poorly written history of the battle at Dogger Bank and is a justification of Beatty's role. At the time Filson Young a writer and journalist of some renown at this time finagled a position on Beatty's staff. Young first met Beatty before the war when the battle cruiser Lion was working up after commissioning. Young and Beatty both admired each other and Beatty liked the press immensely. Young used his friendship with Churchill and Fisher the First Sea Lord to get the appointment on Beatty's staff. You get a little tired of Young's constant afternoon walks with Beatty and the private dinners enjoyed by Beatties Staff. Basically Young wrote this story to support Beatty when Beatty was being criticised after the war. About 10% of the book is about the battle. The rest of the book covers the politics of the time and how Beatty was the greatest Admiral since Nelson according to Young.
This is a remarkable book, brilliantly written!!!

Young was a literary tourist who "wasted a berth" on a major capital ship. He was what is now called a "military tourist". I saw them also in my war (Iraq): people who had no justification and assumed privileges, to the irritation of hard-working serving officers. While I appreciate his book, I can commiserate w/ the RN officers who loathed him!

I regret (1) that Young did not have the background to have described the difference between British and German gunnery (an intensely technical topic),(2) that he apparently did not understand the design differences between battleships and battle cruisers, and (3) that he was not present at Jutland. This book is essentially a "white-wash" of Vice Adm. Beatty's numerous failings. It is clear, from Young, that the RN at this time was not a "learning organization", that it was fossilized, and badly divided into feuding cliques of dominating personalities.

What Young did not appreciate is that the new German navy was innovative, had better compartmentalized ships that could thus better withstand torpedo/mine hits, had far better mechanisms for fire direction control, and that its combat leadership had perfected complex fleet movements and the discipline necessary for combat maneuver. Jutland became the RN's comeuppance. It was qualitatively inferior to the German fleet in ships, theory, and training.

The last chapter, in which Young completely mis-forecasts the future operational capability of both aircraft and submarines makes hilarious reading: he could not have been more wrong!

So, Young was a good writer, and we later readers are certainly indebted to him - but the book has numerous failings as naval history. As a true adventure tale, it is a fine book, written w/ wit and sensitivity. By all means, read the book - but Young was clearly a self-serving scoundrel who damaged the British war effort for his own amusement and profit!
A detailed narrative of a junior RN reserve officer's experiences serving aboad the battle cruiser HMS Lion in the early part of WWI. The author covers all aspects of his service during this period, which is both a strength and a weakness. Descriptions of the Battle of the Dogger Bank are clearly extremely valuable and well carried off. The horrors of naval warfare are well covered here. Nearly as interesting are his interactions with persons of importance, such the VADM David Beatty and First Lord Winston Churchill (the author was a very well connected reserve lieutenant). Less interesting are his stints ashore and other inactive times.

This review is of the Kindle edition, which suffers from not having the illustrations referenced in the text. Still, an informative read and well recommended to those interested in naval warfare and warship design.
Written by an English writer/journalist who through connections got a RNVR commission and joined Admiral Beatty 'a staff on the battle cruiser Lion in late 1914. Book is his impressions of the Royal Navy, the Admiralty, Admiral Beatty, and the battle of the a Dogger Bank. The author is very well connected to British society and goes into some length about his connections and the shortcomings of the naval hierarchy but it is generally entertaining and enlightening to those interested in the subject. I really enjoyed it but could not give it five stars as it does drag in places when the author starts to moralize about the Royal Navy.