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Battle of Jutland

The Battle of Jutland 1916

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The largest battle at sea in history began on the 31 May 1916. The incident took place in the North Sea, approximately 100 nautical miles (200 km) to the west of the coast of Jutland, Denmark. This is why it is called the Battle of Jutland. The German and the British fleets had experienced minor encounters during the World War. First time during the Battle in the Heligoland Bight and second time during the Doggerbank incident. On both occasions the Germans came to short but the encounters were insignificant. Nothing like the clash during the Battle of Jutland, who caused 25 battleships to sink and more that 8.000 seamen to be killed.
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It was nothing less than a Danish steamer, the "N. J. Fjord", who were the reason for the two fleets to meet on the day of the battle. "N. J. Fjord" was on her way across the North Sea, when her steam was spotted from both of the opposing fleets. Spotting the steam from the steamer the Germans and the British each send out two destroyers to investigate weather the enemy was present or not. When the two British and German ships met at the "N. J. Fjord" the battle was initiated. Both sides immediately opened fire while the Danish steamer hurried away from the granades and furious gunfire. But this was only the beginning.
About two hours after the battle had commenced, the British battleship "Indefatigable" received a fatal hit in the ammunition room and disintegrated in a furious and deadly explosion, killing all but two men of her crew. And no more than 20 minutes after this took place the largest ship in the line, the "Queen Mary", was hit in her Q-gun turret and disappeared in a gigantic explosion leaving only smoke and wreckage across the North Sea. The Germans also lost a lot of ships of which the sinking of the "Frauenlob" and the "Pommern" killed most of the German seamen, who were lost in the battle.
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The battle continued the rest of the evening and the following night, and ship after ship was either damaged or sunken. When the morning came, the German fleet had escaped into their own territory leaving the British fleet looking for an enemy long gone. Only by pure luck had the German fleet succeeded in cutting through the British line of battle ships and into their homeport. The last ship sunk were the British ship "Sparrowhawk". The ship went to the bottom at 10 AM in the morning on the 1 June 1916. Today the question is still fought about who won the Battle of Jutland ? The official and correct answer is - nobody did.