JUTLAND: A Battle in One Dimension

Halpern, Paul
June 2006
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Jun2006, Vol. 132 Issue 6, p56
Conference Proceeding
The article reports that the May 1916 clash of battle fleets at Jutland during World War I proved that the best laid pre-war plans often come to naught in the fog of war. On 31 May 1916 the main fleets of Great Britain and Germany fought the one major naval battle of World War I with approximately 250 ships, including dreadnoughts firing massive broadsides of heavy caliber guns and destroyers engaging in massed torpedo attacks and frantic melees. This old style battle between surface ships turned out to be anything but decisive. The Germans did not reverse the balance of naval power and inflict crippling losses on the British fleet, but they did inflict more losses than they suffered.


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