Jutland, Battle of, 1916

Battle of Jutland

THE BATTLE OF JUTLAND – WORLD WAR ONE

3rd May 1916 – 1st June 1916

SUMMARY

This was the only major naval battle of World War One and the outcome was inconclusive

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BACKGROUND

Prior to the outbreak of World War One, Britain and Germany had been involved in a naval race. Both nations had built impressive battleships and the Germans wanted to shake British naval supremacy.

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LOCATION

The North Sea

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THE BRITISH

Supported by
AUSTRALIA
CANADA

NAVAL COMMANDERS
Sir John Jellicoe
Sir David Beatty

Total 151 Ships

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THE GERMANS

NAVAL COMMANDERS
Reinhard Scheer
Franz Hipper

Total 99 Ships
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THE BATTLE

The Germans wanted to break the British blockade of German ports so they decided to try to lure some of the British fleet out into the North Sea and then encircle and destroy them. The two sides met in the afternoon of 31st May and during the ensuing battle 14 British and 11 German ships were sunk. The British hoped to resume the battle the following morning but the German fleet had returned to port.

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RESULT

Although both sides claimed victory the result was inconclusive,

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