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British Naval Intelligence may have been the first organisation in the world to exploit prisoner-of-war interrogation as a structured, systematic source of information. Over the two years following the cataclysmic naval battle this resource was exploited to derive a picture of what had gone wrong - and right - from the other side.

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Millions of words have been written about the Battle of Jutland, most of them from the lofty perspective of hindsight. This review provides a fresh insight by listening to the voices of participants on the German side, from stokers to gunnery officers, who have not been heard before.


A great deal of fascinating research has cast light over the last few years on the pivotal role played by prisoner interrogation in the Second World War - I have done a little of it myself. I have been increasingly intrigued by how much of the groundwork was done in the previous conflict. Almost all the techniques and many of the personalities that allowed the Combined Services Detailed Interrogation Centre to hit the ground running in September 1939 had been proven twenty years earlier.

Derek Nudd

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This page is a summary of: The Battle of Jutland, Through a Looking-glass, The Mariner s Mirror, October 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/00253359.2019.1665340.
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