.Jutland is a small peninsula off the coast of Denmark. This was the scene of one of the greatest clash of surface ships, primarily the battleship in the History of naval warfare. This battle is part of the curriculum of the Defense Services Staff College at Wellington. In terms of sheer size of the armada involved the battle of Jutland is perhaps the biggest engagement of battleships in the History of warfare.
The Clash of the Titans
The battle of Jutland took place between the Grand Imperial fleet of the Royal Navy and the German Fleet from 31 May to
After due deliberations the Kaiser selected Admiral Reinhart Scheer as the commander of the German Fleet. The command of the decisive dreadnought cruiser squadron was handed over to Vice Admiral Franz Hipper. The British war fleet was commanded by Admiral Sir John Jellicoe while the dread naught squadron of Battle cruisers was commanded by Vice Admiral David Beatty.
The opposing fleets were expecting a naval clash
The Germans had a number of Zeppelin air ships and these they planned to use for reconnaissance. But heavy winds aborted this plan. The Germans however put to sea their submarines to attack the warships of the British fleet. The plan was to engage the British fleet destroyers who would be tied up in combating the German U Boats, leaving the main fleet to attack the British fleet. However the submarines had fuel to remain at sea only till 2 Jun, as such the fateful decision to engage battle from 31 May was taken. Admiral Scheer was confident that the superior training of the German naval crew would be decisive and the battle would go in the favor of Germany.
The battle can best be termed a draw as both sides failed to achieve their objectives.