by Richard Taylor
For more than a hundred years Britain’s Royal Navy had ruled the waves and by 1916 Admiral Sir John Jellicoe’s Grand Fleet, based in northern Scotland, was one of the jewels in its crown. With its mighty ‘dreadnought’ battleships dominating the North Atlantic and North Sea, the German High Seas Fleet had little chance of venturing out into the Western Approaches.
But Admiral Reinhard Scheer and the Imperial German Navy had a bold and cunning plan to change that.
Using a fast-sailing scouting force as bait, Scheer hoped to lure Royal Navy battlecruiser squadrons into the waiting arms of the entire German fleet before the Jellicoe’s Grand Fleet had even arrived. The German scheming might have worked but the British had a secret weapon - code breakers; Sheer’s battle plan had been intercepted, enabling the Royal Navy to get to sea earlier than the Germans expected.
So on 31 May 1916 it was the Germans who were surprised. The two fleets met as evening commenced, some 250 warships and around 100,000 men in a battleground some 60 miles west of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula. Jellicoe, in a series of quick-thinking and complex manoeuvres, took advantage of the setting sun to position Scheer’s fleet obligingly back-lit against the evening light. As darkness fell the German fleet, heavily outgunned, ran for home through a dogged night pursuit by the British.
The Battle of Jutland had been ‘a close run thing’; the only time that both navies’ battleships engaged in a major combat. The Royal Navy had lost 14 ships and over 6,000 men, the bloodiest day in British naval history, but they were on station and ready for action the next day whereas the Germans, although their losses were lighter, had barely managed to avoid a rout.
Following several successful releases commemorating the Great War, acclaimed artist Richard
Taylor has created another powerful pencil edition in memory of all those who fought in the
bitter conflicts at sea. This highly-detailed piece shows ‘Dreadnought’ battleships from the Royal
Navy Grand Fleet opening fire on warships from the German High Seas Fleet during the evening
fleet action of the Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916.
|Approx. overall size: 25⅜" x 18"||Available in the following editions|
|35||Great War edition||Signed by the artist - includes matching numbered 'Voices of Jutland' book||$695|
|10||Double remarque||Sold out|
VOICES FROM JUTLAND
Each matted print is issued with a matching-numbered copy of this outstanding book written by historian Jim Crossley whose own father served as a Midshipman in the Royal Navy during the Great War. It is an imaginative and informative analysis of the largest naval battle of WWI including accounts from those involved at Jutland.
Issued with its own luxury embossed slipcase, this hugely informative book includes a vast array of resources such as wartime photographs, maps, comparison tables, charts and diagrams.
Each portfolio is accompanied by an individually printed Certificate of Authenticity which is unique to each set.
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