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The Grand Fleet, 1914-1916: Its Creation, Development and Work

by John Rushworth Jellicoe

The Grand Fleet was the main fleet of the British Royal Navy during the First World War.

It was formed in August 1914 from the First Fleet and elements of the Second Fleet of the Home Fleets and it included 35-40 state-of-the-art capital ships. It was initially commanded by Admiral Sir John Jellicoe. He was succeeded by Admiral Sir David Beatty in December 1916.

The Grand Fleet was based first at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands and later at Rosyth on the Firth of Forth and took part in the biggest fleet action during the war – the Battle of Jutland – in June 1916.

In April 1919 the Grand Fleet was disbanded, with much of its strength forming a new Atlantic Fleet.

Not all the Grand Fleet was available to put to sea at any one time, because ships required maintenance and repairs. At the time of the battle of Jutland in May 1916 it had 32 dreadnought and super-dreadnought battleships. Of these 28 were in the Order of battle at Jutland.

The order of battle of the Grand Fleet at the end of the war appears in the Naval order of 24 October 1918.

The actual strength of the fleet varied through the war as new ships were built and others were sunk, but the numbers steadily increased as the war progressed and the margin of superiority over the German fleet progressed with it. After the United States entered the war, United States Battleship Division Nine was attached to the Grand Fleet as the Sixth Battle Squadron, adding four, and later five, dreadnought battleships.

Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe, GCB, OM, GCVO, SGM, DL (1859-1935) was a Royal Navy officer. He fought in the Anglo-Egyptian War and the Boxer Rebellion and commanded the Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916 during the First World War.
His handling of the fleet at that battle was controversial: he made no serious mistakes and the German High Seas Fleet retreated to port – at a time when defeat would have been catastrophic for Britain – but the British public was disappointed that the Royal Navy had not won a victory on the scale of the Battle of Trafalgar. Jellicoe later served as First Sea Lord, overseeing the expansion of the Naval Staff at the Admiralty and the introduction of convoys, but was relieved at the end of 1917. He also served as the Governor-General of New Zealand in the early 1920s.

A Texas Ranger

by N. A. Jennings

Eighteen-year-old Napoleon Augustus Jennings came to Texas in 1874 and joined a special force of Texas Rangers charged with border patrol under the command of L. H. McNelly.
At this time the South Texas region was home to hundreds of outlaws and riffraff, and some three thousand Mexican guerrillas under Juan Cortina and others were raiding settlers on both sides of the Rio Grande. McNelly’s Rangers stormed into this lawless area for two reasons, according to Jennings: “To have fun, and to carry out a set policy of terrorizing the Mexicans at every opportunity”, which would gain them the reputation as “fire-eating, quarrelsome daredevils” and make their job of subduing the guerrillas an easier prospect. Within a short time the Rangers had arrested more than eleven hundred men and reputedly killed many more.
Jennings records many a fight with the Mexican guerrillas, including the time when McNelly defied the United States government, crossed the Rio Grande, and fought Cortina and his raiders at Las Cuevas. Jennings also gives accounts of scrapes with King Fisher’s outlaw band, John Wesley Hardin, and the families involved in the Taylor-Sutton feud. Originally published in 1899, A Texas Ranger was reprinted in 1930 with a foreword by J. Frank Dobie, who defends the veracity of the account despite the fact that Jennings was not, as his story claims, a member of the company in its earliest years.

N.A. Jennings (1856-1919) was serving as a journalist in Philadelphia when he recorded and published this first personal account of his experiences with the Texas Rangers.

Over as Far as America is Concerned : Gerald R. Ford and the Latter Years of the Vietnam War

by Christopher Yelonek

Over as Far as America is Concerned focuses on the decision President Gerald R. Ford faced in the latter years of the Vietnam War on whether or not to launch a bombing campaign that would have reintroduced American combat forces into the conflict. By analyzing the American political landscape of the mid-1970s, the situation of the Vietnam War in the post-1968 Tet Offensive period, and the Cold War politics of the 1970s to understand why President Ford chose not to launch a bombing campaign into the Vietnam War. Instead, President Ford made the choice of evacuating as many people as possible in April, 1975 because of the political realities his presidency faced and to garner support for his top priorities of the Ford Administration.

Egyptian Mythology: A Fascinating Guide to Understanding the Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Mortals (Greek Mythology – Norse Mythology – Egyptian Mythology Book 3)

by Matt Clayton

Enjoy Captivating Stories of the Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Mortals

From what we know of history, Egypt, along with Sumer, were the foundations of civilization. The Fertile Crescent, which stretched from the Nile Valley to the twin rivers in Mesopotamia, gave us our earliest glimpse of organized man. But organized how? For one, both locations gave us writingâ??hieroglyphics in Egypt and cuneiform in Sumer. There is still some debate about who was first.

In this book, we will start by looking at the gods and goddesses of Kemetâ??Ancient Egypt. Then, we will turn our attention to the monsters which likely gave them nightmares and humbled them in their quest to bring order to the world around them.
Finally, we will look at the mortals which shaped their civilization and made Egypt the bedrock of our own history. Though Egypt today is only a third-world nation, struggling with terrorism and poverty, their heritage remains vital to the understanding of who we are as a species.

Just some of the topics covered in this book include

  • Osiris, Isis, Seth, and Horus
  • The Sun and Creation
  • Gods and Humans
  • Apep: Great Snake of Chaos
  • Sett: God of Desert, Storms, War, Evil, and Chaos
  • Imhotep, the 27th Century BC Polymath
  • Akhenaten, the King Who Upended Tradition
  • Ramesses the Great
  • Cleopatra, End of an Epoch
  • And Much More

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Tank by The Big World Photobook : Tank Vechicle Military Armoured Tank Vechicle War Hostilities Photographs & Pictures (Photobook Art of Tank 3)

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Slave Narrative Six Pack – Uncle Tomâ??s Cabin, Twelve Years A Slave, Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation, The Life of Olaudah Equiano, William … (Slave Narrative Six Pack Boxset Book 1)

by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The slave narrative is a literary sub-genre that emerged from the written accounts of enslaved Africans in Great Britain and its colonies, including the later United States, Canada, and Caribbean nations. Some of the earliest memoirs of captivity known in England and the British Isles were written by white Europeans and later Americans captured and sometimes enslaved in North Africa, usually by Barbary pirates. These were part of a broad category of “captivity narratives” by English-speaking Europeans.

For the Europeans and Americans, the division between captivity as slaves and as prisoners of war was not always clear. A broader name for these works is “captivity literature.”

Slave Narrative Six Pack presents six of the most famous examples of the genre:

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839 by Frances Anne Kemble
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African by Olaudah Equiano
The Life of William H. Furness by William Still
Captain Canot; or, Twenty years of an African slaver: being an account of his career and adventures on the coast, in the interior, on shipboard, and in the West Indies by Brantz Mayer

Includes image gallery and link to free audio recording of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Mossad: The Stories You Havenâ??t Heard Of Israelâ??s Most Effective Secret Service

by Peter Russo

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Since their formation in 1949, the Mossad has continually lived up to the name given to them, the godfather of all spy agencies. They combine intellectual leadership with a ruthlessness that has impressed both, allies and foes alike. Their willingness to use extreme tactics like kidnapping and assassination to track their enemies is something out of a fiction book. It is because of these methods that the nation of Israel has been able to hold its ground in such an unstable area of the world.

Israel, since its formation as a country, has been seen as a usurper of the land formerly owned by its neighbor, Palestine. An argument that will continue until one of the countries is either destroyed or disarmed. Palestine, being an Arab nation, has many allies in the surrounding areas, giving them a geographical advantage. Be that as it may, the drive and mercilessness of the Mossad is able to keep Israel’s head above water and their interests intact; however, Israel’s national intelligence agency’s reach is far greater than just the middle east. They have a global network.

The agency has performedâ??or been a part ofâ??some of the boldest and fearless operations ever executed. For example, after the Munich Massacre, Israel demanded something other than justice. They wanted vengeance. To do so, the Mossad scoured the globe for those that were a part of the terrorist group Black September and killed all the suspected conspirators. The Jewish religion has been combating anti-Semitism since the Egypt in the old testamentâ??the Mossad is the result. This book is going to dive deep into the Mossad achieves to illuminate other controversial missions like the operation, “Wrath of God” that displayed their unyielding nature towards those that strike against them. It is this persistence that makes them such an effective fighting force in Israel’s arsenal.

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Da Vinciâ??s REAL Hidden Secrets: â??Dante and Da Vinciâ??

by L. A. Braun

Is the PHI CIRCLE actually the Philosophers’ stone? New material! Enjoy this stunning exploration of Leonardo Da Vinci’s secret number ’26’ in relation to Dante’s epic ‘Enigma Forte.’ This book is an enthralling spellbinder tracing the hidden number â??26′ through Da Vinci’s PHI CIRCLEs and Dante’s magical ‘Enigma Forte.’ Without a doubt, the number ’26’ is the most prolific and profound statement ever uttered by man, its use unmatched and unprecedented in our history. Enjoy the adventure! Most astoundingly, this booklet illustrates again how the hidden number â??26′ is deeply embedded in our science and geometry! Read it today!

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