I have read history,particularly Royal Navy, history, most of my life and now I find it hard to read about the slaughter in the trenches during WW1. The carnage was so unnecessary and pointless and as so often said, Lions led by Donkeys. As someone who has always thought Gen Haig should have been tried as a war criminal for making men walk towards the guns with heavy packs and getting caught up on the wire,and no running or else they would be shot! it came as a bit of surprise to find out that one of the biggest idiots was an Admiral! After the slaughter on the Somme,Haig was called to London and told enough is enough, no more trench stupidity, attacks will be from the underbelly around Italy and into Germany that way. Haig was made to agree but Admiral Jellicoe then piped up and said we were losing too many ships to German submarines sailing from Ostend so Haig had to go through Passchendaele to capture the port , Jellicoe said that we can't carry on with these losses due to these submarines. Haig was delighted so off he went to slaughter another hundred thousand Tommies in the mud and horror that was Passchendaele. Point is! Jellicoe was lying,he knew that shipping attacks,in 1917, from German subs were well down on previous years , and even more of a lie was the fact that those who did sail,set off from German ports,Ostend was hardly ever used to launch German vessels. He also knew that 300 anti -sub destroyers being built in the USA were nearly completed and would be operational here within a month, Why did the Admiral lie and for what reason?I can find no answer up to now but this Admiral,one of our supposed heroes,caused the deaths of over a hundred thousand soldiers by his remarks made through lies and with no valid real reason that I can find. Hardly our finest hour at the Admiralty an act of complete stupidity probably connived over a glass of Port in White's club. Lloyd George now had his hands tied,but why did Jellicoe do it?Anyone know or even guess?got me beat and I have read extensively on WW1 but this has just surfaced,kept this quiet I reckon. He was dismissed later after a disagreement with a minister but after the war,along with Haig,was revered and promoted. We really did have some stupid decision makers with no trace of humanity in them. Bit of a long time to look back I know but the answer to his stupidity eludes me and someone may know.