Battle Of Jutland WWI

1916

The greatest naval battle of WWI between Germany and Britain forces. 

The Battle began on the afternoon of May 31, 1916, scouting forces from the British and German navies began gunfire. When the main warships met, British Admiral John Jellicoe forced Germans ships to retreat by using the decreasing daylight to his advantage. This led to Britain getting in dozens of hits. The British had an great numerical advantage over the German, and was also able to break German codes. The second part of the battle began later that evening when the British Grand Fleet made a battle line at a 90 degree angle to cut the Germans off from their home base and were forced they were forced to retreat.

The Battle

Battleships

 The Battle of Jutland is the greatest naval battle in history. Between Britain and German navies there was a total of 249 battleships. The British Grand Fleet had 37 heavy units and 113 lightweight support craft, this led them to have an advantage over the German High Sea Fleet which only had 27 heavy units and 72 light weight support craft. The German ships had a strong honeycomb hull construction which helped in preventing any extreme damage to the ships. The British on the other hand ship's were not as strong as the German's ships. 

Admiral Reinhard Scheer

Admiral John Jellicoe is said to be the "best-known British naval commander of World War One". Jellicoe worked his way up the ranks, first entering the navy as a cadet taking service in the egyptian war. He continued working his way up until the day WWI broke out. Jellicoe was appointed to commanded of the British Grand Fleet.

 

Admiral Reinhard Scheer soon after he joined the navy he became captain of a battleship in the German High Seas Fleet. He, like John Jellicoe, continued to work his way up the ranks until 1916 when he became Admiral of the German High Sea Fleet.

Admirals

Admirals John Jellicoe

 Both German and British forces claim victory of the Battle of Jutland. Overall  "British losses amounted to 6,784 men and 111,000 tons, and German losses to 3,058 men and 62,000 tons." There was no knock-out blow from either side, so therefore, there was no winner of the battle. 

The Outcome