The Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 was the clash between the world’s two great naval superpowers which had been anticipated since the outbreak of war in August 1914.
In the event it could probably best be described as a draw. However both nations could find reasons to claim it as a victory – the British lost more ships than the Germans and twice as many sailors but the German High Seas Fleet never left port again, and relied on U-boats to carry on the war against Britain’s merchant fleet.

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