GREAT BRITAIN: Defiance, Deference, Defense

In the early hours of the crucial Battle of Jutland in 1916 German salvos sent one British ship after another plunging to the bottom. Admiral Sir David Beatty, striding the bridge of the battle cruiser Lion, turned on a young flag officer, Alfred Ernie Montacute Chatfield, and remarked: "Chatfield, there seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today."

Last week, nearly 23 years after Jutland, there was little wrong with Britain's bloody ships because Lord Chatfield as First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff had the job of bringing them...

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