By Mark Stille
In 1916, within the seas close to Jutland, fleets of armoured dreadnoughts met in open conflict. This publication tells the tale of the British and German battleships of those nice fleets - from their improvement because the first iteration of absolutely- armoured warships - to their strive against studies. The differing weapon platforms and group education of the British and German fleets are tested intimately, as is the great fight of Jutland, via an hour-by-hour, shot-by-shot, reconstruction. ultimately, it analyzes the end result of the fight, explaining the successes and screw ups of those nice battleships.
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T he most thoro ugh analysis of the battl e indicates th at gun nery on neither side was outstanding. 75 per cent (123 hits out of 4,48 0 rounds fired). For the Ger ma ns, Total hits by heavy shells Warspite operations some two months later. T he vast majority of the damage to the Grand Fleet was suffered by the battlecruiser force and its attached 5th Battle Squadron . Moreover, any losses that the Grand Fleet suffered were made up by the retu rn of the dreadnoughts Queen ELizabeth and Emperor ofIndia from refit, and the addition of the three last un its of the Revenge class.
At 2 110hrs he th e to rpedoes would be m uch reduced and ma ny wo uld pro bably run ou t of fuel before reachi ng their intended targets. While preservi ng th e G rand Fleet's gave orders to steer to the south-east at 16 kno ts, stop ping at nothin g until H o rns Reef d readno ugh ts fro m und erwater damage, th e eventuality most feared by Jellicoe, it wo uld allow th e Ger ma n fleet to get away. was reached. He asked for airship reconnaissa nce of the H orns Reef area at daybreak. In the most single controversial decision of th e battle, Jellicoe chose to turn away fro m th e Ge rmans.
From the start, Ge rma n gunnery was excellent. T he first salvo was 200 yards sho rt , but the next st raddled its tar gets , gain ing early hits. Within By 28 May 1916, Room 40 had provided ample evidence th at so meth ing unusual minutes, three of th e Brit ish battlecruis ers had been hit multiple times. The British , was stirring in th e N orth Sea. On 30 M ay, it appeared th at a major operation by the facin g un favourable light co nd itio ns, and handicapped by smoke, overshot consistently.
British Dreadnought vs German Dreadnought: Jutland 1916 (Duel, Volume 31) by Mark Stille