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The Battle of Jutland, 31st May–1st June 1916, was the most significant naval engagement of the First World War, pitting the German High Seas Fleet, commanded by Vice-Admiral Reinhard Scheer, against the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet under Sir John Jellicoe. Some 250 vessels were involved in the battle, which took place in the North Sea near Jutland, off the Danish coast. The aim of the German fleet was to break the British blockade of the North Sea and enable the resumption of German mercantile shipping: Vice-Admiral Franz Hipper’s group of five scouting battle-cruisers was to engage with Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty’s battle-cruiser squadrons and lure them into the path of the main German fleet.
oil on canvas
179 x 345.44 cm