Jutland: Battle Analysis
More ink has been spilled over the Battle of Jutland than any other naval battle in history. Jutland: Battle Analysis adds to that overload with a look not only at the Battle of Jutland, but the events before and after in the North Sea: Helgoland Bight, the Scarborough Raid, Dogger Bank and more. Plus we study some of the ships and fleets involved, like the US. Navy’s Sixth Battle Squadron.
Jutland: Battle Analysis is different from other works on the battle and the North Sea campaign, thanks to its ties to our Great War at Sea: Jutland game. We look at how the game simulates the operations, and then we flesh them out with more battle scenarios – fast-playing actions using just the Tactical Map, where you fight out the battles between ships with guns and torpedoes.
Jutland, the game, has a lot of scenarios: 51 in total. Forty-four of those are operational scenarios, but only seven of them are battle scenarios. So the Battle Analysis adds forty more of them, most of them based on the surface actions that could have taken place – or at least one side hoped would take place – based on the expectations of one or both naval staffs when they sent the fleets to sea.
Jutland is already a very fine game (our most popular ever, even more than Third Reich) and a good instrument through which to re-play history. The Battle Analysis makes it even more so, while adding more quick fun by fleshing out the battle scenario aspect of the game.
Jutland: Battle Analysis is a 64-page, large-format book supplement for Jutland; you’ll need a copy of the game (and only that one game) to play the scenarios.
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