Jutland 1916

Jutland 1916

Twelve Hours To Win The War

It was now just after 4pm on the afternoon of 31 May 1916, and British and German battlecruisers were locked in battle. This was not their baptism of fire – they had met before – but this clash was different. The fight was on a larger scale, it was more frenetic, and it was certainly more deadly.
Nobody is alive today who was there that afternoon, but the drama, the excitement and the fear of the moment is palpable - captured in the writing of those who were present.

Angus reading Jutland 1916

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Angus Konstam

Welcome to the website of Angus Konstam, a widely-published historian, and one of the world's leading authorities on piracy past and present.

Angus is the author of over seventy books, all of which are listed here. His most recent books are highlighted below, and include the critically acclaimed Sovereigns of the Sea, Blackbeard, his best-selling biography of the notorious pirate, and Piracy: The Complete History, which Angus describes as the ultimate book on piracy. His latest title is 'Jutland 1916, twelve hours to win the War'

Between them, his History of Pirates and World Atlas of Pirates have sold over 120,000 copies, while his "Historic Atlas" series has attained international sales in excess of a quarter of a million, was translated into eight languages, and won two international awards. Angus has also enjoyed a long-standing relationship with leading military history publishers Osprey, and has written over 50 military and naval history titles for them.

A former naval officer, underwater archaeologist and museum curator, Angus has worked on both sides of the Atlantic, but he now lives in Britain, where he writes full-time, and divides his time between Orkney and Edinburgh. He makes frequent television appearances in Britain and America as a piracy expert and historical "talking head", he gives regular lectures and talks, and he is often asked to speak at book festivals and other literary events. Most of all though, he enjoys the detective work of historical research - putting all the pieces together to make a great story.

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Jutland 1916:

Twelve Hours To Win The War

Using a narrative approach, Jutland 1916 - Twelve Hours that Decided the Great War tells the story of the Battle of Jutland, the greatest naval clash of the First World War. Drawing on a wealth of first-hand accounts, some of which were previously unknown, it weaves a highly original narrative, which intertwines original research, into a fast-paced account of the fighting. This is the only book on the battle to use a narrative thread to tell the story from both the British and German perspectives and will provide a fresh perspective on this decisive battle.

Jutland 1916 by Aurum Press will be published on 19 May in the UK

Salerno 1943

'Everyone interested in the battle, for whatever reason, would do well to read this engaging book'
Sunday Times

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