The Battle of Jutland (1916)
The naval battle fought by the British Navy against the German Navy was the largest sea battle in World War I.
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Stage 1 (June 1, 1916, 15:20)
At the beginning of the battle, the two scouting cruiser fleets clashed. Admiral Beatty´s 6 cruisers and Admiral von Hipper´s 5 cruisers opened fire at 15:20. The Germans sank 2 British cruisers and might have destroyed the entire fleet.
Stage 2 (June 1, 1916, late afternoon)
Beatty´s damaged squadron was saved by the arrival of the Grand Fleet, under Jellicoe´s command. As soon as Von Hipper saw the overpowering British forces, he gave up chasing the British cruisers. The British fleet sailed southwards and attempted to surround the German fleet, now completed with the German Main fleet under Scheer´s command.
Stage 3 (June 1, 1916, evening)
The British fleet moved further south, in order to gain a strategic advantage. The German fleet attempted to break through the British line twice - unsuccessfully. Despite the risky German maneuvers, the British fleet suffered greater losses.
Stage 4 (June 1, 1916, night)
After nightfall, Scheer turned towards the north, so when the German fleet attacked the British fleet (still moving south) for the third time, they were successful against the weaker, northern end of the British line. They caused serious damage to the British fleet while losing only one battleship themselves. Although the result was indecisive, the Germans claimed a tactical victory, due to the British losses.
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