When many think of the first World War, they think of infantrymen charging no-man’s land, trench warfare and chemical gas attacks. There were some pivotal naval battles, but they aren’t discussed as often as some of the naval battles from WWII. For example, the Battle of Jutland was a significant naval engagement involving 250 ships. After 72 hours in the North Sea, the Germans lost over 2,500 of their own and lost 11 ships; the British lost over 6,000 men and 14 ships.
Also known as the Battle of Skagerrak, the Battle of Jutland occurred on this day in history, May 31, 1916.
Other naval battles from WWI include Dogger Bank, both engagements at Heligoland Blight, numerous battles in the Black Sea and Baltic Sea — just to name a few. The Germans used their U-Boats to sink hundreds of ships in the Atlantic in an attempt to cut off Britain’s supply lines. As the war raged on the land, so it raged on the sea.
The Battle of Jutland – 1916
Other photos from the war on the water:
Featured image courtesy of the Associated Press.
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