Rutland of Jutland

Title:                      Rutland of Jutland

Author:                 Desmond Young

Young, Desmond (1963). Rutland of Jutland. London, Cassell

LCCN:    64007150

DA89.1.R8 Y6


Date Updated:  October 14, 2016

Reviewed by George C. Constantinides[1]

This is about F. J. Rutland, the highly decorated pioneer of British naval aviation in World War I, a man who, Young says, had a raw deal; it is also an attack against potential abuses of British Regulation 18b, which gives the British government vast powers of detention. Rutland did important work and rendered great services to the British Navy and hastened the advent of the aircraft carrier. He was detained in England in December 1941 upon his return from the United States and held for two years without explanation and charges.

Young treats the subject of Rutland so emotionally, as he does the matter of Regulation 18b, that he never comes to grips with what Rutland may or may not have done to warrant such treatment. The book is heavy on speculation, forgetting the author’s own advice that speculation is irritating to the reader and frustrating to the writer. Bulloch in Akin to Treason [2]quotes from the review of Captain S. W. Roskill and from subsequent writings that make a strong case that Rutland was probably involved in selling secrets to the Japanese while still in British service and that he was asked to resign his commission rather than be prosecuted. Also, Bulloch quotes Roskill as saying that the “hostile associations” mentioned by the Horne Office in connection with Rutland “had considerably more substance behind them than Brigadier Young realized when he wrote the book.” Bulloch, citing no source, also says U.S. counterintelligence had established that Rutland was employed by Japanese intelligence to collect information by legal means rather than to purchase secrets or handle secret agents.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[3]

An excellent biography of naval squadron leader, Frederick J. Rutland, awarded the Distinguished Service Cross of Britain, who apparently worked for both the British and American naval intelligence departments from the late 1930s until the Pearl Harbor attack in December 1941. For a summary account of his career, see chapter 8 of Vernon Hinchley’s Spies Who Never Were[4], cited in chapter 14, section B.

[1] Constantinides, George C. (1983). Intelligence and Espionage: An Analytical Bibliography. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, pp. 505-506

[2] Bulloch, John (1966). Akin to Treason. London: Arthur Barker

[3] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 159

[4] Hinchley, Vernon (1965). Spies Who Never Were. New York: Dodd, Mead


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