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Halpern, P.
Jutland a battle in one dimension
US Naval Institute Proceedings
vol. 132, no. 6, 38869, pp. 56-61

Accession No.1674


"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 Dreadnaughts firing broadsides of heavy calibre guns and destroyers engaging in massed torpedo attacks and frantic melees. This battle had long been anticipated and for many who in the decade before the war had been fascinated by the mechanical marvels modern warships represented, it promised to be a decisive demonstration of the new technology in action. 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, even though they were lucky to escape and limp home. The basic naval situation remained unchanged. Nevertheless, however impressive even today dreadnaughts such as HMS Iron Duke or SMS Friedrich der Grosse - the British and German flagships - might appear, is there any reason after 90 years to remember the battle as something more than a steam driven version of an older battle such as Trafalgar, only fought with deadlier and longer-range weapons. Does Jutland still matter? The answer is yes!