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    Battle of Jutland

    The Battle of Jutland - Royal Navy vs. German Imperial Navy I THE GREAT WAR

    The Battle of Jutland or the Skagerrakschlacht was arguably the biggest naval battle in history and a turning point of World War 1 as the German High Seas Fleet failed to break through the Royal Navy's blockade of the North Sea. The set trap of U-Boats fails to spring and even though more British ships were lost in the battle, it was a strategical defeat for the Germans.

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    It was definitely the biggest naval battle of all times (only Trafalgar, Midway, Salamis and Lepanto can compete with Jutland) and the Royal Navy never fully recovered from the outcome. Even today the RN is dealing with the dubious legacy of that battle - and when the battle was over it wasn't clear yet that it was a strategic victory for the British Empire. The RN couldn't know at the time that the Hochseeflotte would never set sail again back in 1916. Historians are still arguing about who truly won the battle but the Germans definitely scored a psychological victory back in 1916. Not outright winning the engagement and tactical setbacks came as a shock to the Brits who had completely dominated naval warfare for a century by 1916. It hurt their confidence in their own capabilities.
    “We think that we are born today tabula rasa without a history, but man has always lived in the myth. To think that man is born without a history within himself — that is a disease. It is absolutely abnormal, because man is not bom every day. He is born into a specific historical setting with specific historical qualities, and therefore, he is only complete when he has a relation to these things. If you are growing up with no connection from the past, it is like being born without eyes and ears and trying to perceive the external world with accuracy. Natural science may say, “You need no connection with the past; you can wipe it out”, but that is a mutilation of the human being.” – Carl Gustav Jung, 1957

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    The Battle of Jutland (
    German: Skagerrakschlacht, the Battle of Skagerrak) was a naval battle fought between Britain's Royal Navy Grand Fleet, under Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, and the Imperial German Navy's High Seas Fleet, under Vice-Admiral Reinhard Scheer, during the First World War. The battle unfolded in extensive manoeuvring and three main engagements (the battlecruiser action, the fleet action and the night action), from 31 May to 1 June 1916, off the North Sea coast of Denmark's Jutland Peninsula.[2] It was the largest naval battle and the only full-scale clash of battleships in that war. Jutland was the third fleet action between steel battleships, following the Battle of the Yellow Sea in 1904[3][4] and the decisive Battle of Tsushima in 1905,[5] during the Russo-Japanese War. Jutland was the last major battle in world history fought primarily by battleships.[6]

    Germany's High Seas Fleet intended to lure out, trap, and destroy a portion of the Grand Fleet, as the German naval force was insufficient to openly engage the entire British fleet. This formed part of a larger strategy to break the British blockade of Germany and to allow German naval vessels access to the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Great Britain's Royal Navy pursued a strategy of engaging and destroying the High Seas Fleet, thereby keeping German naval forces contained and away from Britain and her shipping lanes.[7]

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