Battle of Jutland: 31 May – 1 June 1916
The Battle of Jutland was a naval battle in the World War I. It has begun on 31 May and lasted until 1 June 1916 between the Imperial German Navy's High Seas Fleet and the British Royal Navy’s Grand fleet and. The British force was led by Admiral Sir John Jellicoe and Germans by Vice-Admiral Reinhard Scheer. This battle was fought in the North Sea. It was the largest naval battle in the World War I.
The German forces were insufficient to attack and combat British forces. The Germans wanted to lure, and destroy a part of the British force. This should weaken the British force and allow Germans mercantile shipping to operate. However, the British force pursued the Germans and had a plan to destroy their forces in order to keep them away from the British shipping lines.
The Germans tried to lure British ships to the place where German’s submarines were stationed. They used modern battleships in order to achieve this goal. However, the British realized that this will be an important battle that includes a lot of battleships. They passed over the location, where German’s submarines were stationed, but they were unprepared at that time.
The result of the battle was tactically inconclusive. But in strategic terms, the British won. Britain lost: 6.094 sailors (674 wounded and 177 captured), 3 battle cruisers, 3 armored cruisers and 8 destroyers. According to some results, in this battle, 113.300 tons of British ships were sunk. On the other side, the Germans lost: 2.551 sailors (507 wounded), 1 battle cruiser, 1 pre-dreadnought, 4 light cruisers and 5 torpedo boats. 62.300 tons of Germans boats were sunk in this battle.