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Battle of Jutland

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The Battle of Jutland took place on May 31st and June 1st 1916.


The Battle of Jutland was only the third ever Battle between Steel Battleships and resulted in very heavy loss of life.



The war in the North sea was a frustrating time for the Royal navy as the British never gained the victory they expected.


Admiral Sir John Jellicoe was the Commander-in-Chief of the British Grand Fleet.

Vice Admiral Beatty was commander of the Battle cruiser Force.


Admiral Reinhard Scheer was Commander-in-Chief of the High Sea Fleet and Admiral Hipper was commander of the German 1st Scouting Group.


During the great sea battle it is believed well over 250 ships and 100,000 men were involved with the Germans fully aware of numerical inferiority of the seas.


Although the Germans were outnumbered by the Royal Navy the British sustained higher losses than the Germans.


The German excellence in its shipping and Gunnery construction was more advanced than the British at the time.