The crazy chords of World War I are not only played on land, but also on the sea.
The angry war chords are no less than those on land.
On May 31, 1916, British admiral Betty led the British avant-garde fleet to patrol the waters north of horn reef as planned.
However, at this time, German admiral Hippel also came to the sea east of Betty’s fleet and was driving north along a parallel route.
The 40 nautical miles behind Hippel is the main force of the German ocean fleet led by admiral Scheer.
However, no one knows that the enemy is not far away.
No one can escape the arrangement of fate.
Two hostile fleets are about to pass by, but fate mysteriously “meets” the two opponents.
At 14:20, a Danish cargo ship “foyol” sounded its whistle as it passed the sea south of Jutland Peninsula.
After a sharp whistle, a thick steam appeared in the sky, which also attracted the attention of the British cruiser Galati and the German light cruiser elping.
They found the abnormal steam almost at the same time, so they quickly sent someone to check it.
Just as the two ships were about to approach the Danish cargo ship, the two sides recognized each other’s cruisers and shouted, “find the enemy ship, find the enemy ship!” At 28, the British ship Galati fired its first shot, and then the German ship elping fired back.
After a short artillery battle, the battle of Jutland, which shocked the world, officially began.
In this war, a total of 265 warships of various types participated in the war, including 149 in Britain and 116 in Germany.
At 15:48, the battle between the two avant-garde fleets began.
Soon after the fierce battle, the advantages of the German Navy gradually emerged.
Because the German ship adopts the advanced all ship unified azimuth shooting command system, the artillery hit rate is far better than that of the British ship.
The German armour piercing ammunition is also superior to the British army to a certain extent.
The advanced shooting command system made the German ship hit Betty’s fleet in the first volley.
At 16 o’clock, the German ship fired an armor piercing bullet and approached the British ship lion.
With a loud bang, the middle turret of the “Lion” exploded and ignited the powder bag.
Seeing that the “Lion” was about to be destroyed, Colonel Harvey, the turret commander whose legs were blown off, exhausted all his strength and struggled to order water to the ammunition compartment through the sound pipe, and the fire was finally extinguished, The 26000 ton “Lion” warship escaped the ruin.
However, at 16:05, the 19000 ton British Battlecruiser “unyielding” was hit by armor piercing bullets and exploded.
All 1017 officers and soldiers on board were buried under the sea with the sinking of the “unyielding”.
On the other side, Hippel concentrated his fire and fiercely bombarded the British Battlecruiser Queen Mary.
The 26000 ton super fearless warship hit several bullets, was blown into two sections and disappeared into the sea in the twinkling of an eye.
In just a few minutes, the strength of the two armies quickly reversed.
The British Battlecruiser sank two times and was injured, and the situation was in jeopardy.
Life and death were in a flash.
At this critical moment, the four British battleships that had fallen behind arrived in time and fired wildly at the German ship.
The huge guns roared and shot like rain.
Betty was so lucky to be freed from the dilemma.
Facing the bombardment of large caliber artillery from British battleships, the German fleet was gradually unable to withstand it.
Hippel led the warships to the East, fighting and retreating, but Betty’s fleet was in hot pursuit.
Suddenly, the main force of the German ocean fleet came face-to-face.
At this time, Betty found that she had been fooled, ordered the fleet to urgently withdraw north, and called for help to Jellico, the commander of the British local fleet.
On the battlefield, there are traps everywhere.
If you are careless, you will be broken to pieces.
When German admiral Scheer saw the British ship retreating north, he ordered the pursuit of the whole line, but he did not count.
The “fish” he had hooked was the bait laid by others.
Jericho’s fleet came head-on.
At 18:20, the German ship “lvtsov” was hit by the British ship, and the two old-fashioned British armored ships did not escape the disaster.
After being hit by the German ship, they blew up and sank.
At 18:33, the flagship of Britain’s 17000 ton Third Battle Cruiser fleet, invincible, was hit again.
In an instant, it sank to the bottom of the sea and all the people on board were killed.
The sky gradually darkened.
At about 20 o’clock, in order to avoid being attacked by German torpedoes and mines, Jellico planned to stop the pursuit, surround Scher’s fleet outside the route returning to its local base, and annihilate it at one fell swoop after dawn.
The war did not stop because of the darkness.
At 23:30, the last scene of the battle of Jutland was staged, and the German ocean fleet and the destroyer defended by the British Army met.
In the light of flares, searchlights and gunfire from the ship, the two sides shot and collided aimlessly.
In the dark, the British Battlecruiser “Black Prince” mistook the coming shadows for friendly ships.
After sending a contact signal, it was wildly shot by four German battleships.
The “Black Prince” immediately became “fire Prince”.
In the ensuing fierce battle, the old German battleship “bommen”, the light cruiser “fraunlob” and the “Rostock” were sunk by torpedoes of British destroyers.
The light cruiser “elibin” battleship and “Posen” battleship accidentally collided in the dark, resulting in sinking.
At 3 a.m. on June 1, the German fleet finally broke through a bloody path from the British blockade and ran towards the waters of heen reef.
Speaking of the waters of heen reef, that’s a great source.
It is the only way to get in and out of the German ocean fleet base William port.
Therefore, the German Navy laid countless mines here in order to defend against the maritime raid of the British fleet.
The labyrinth of minefields left many British warships trying to sneak into Port William with no return and buried in the minefield.
To pass through the minefield, there is only one narrow waterway, which is only known to senior German Navy generals.
At 3:30, the darkest hour before dawn came.
Scheer quickly checked the compass position, found the entrance of the waterway, and commanded the fleet to form a column.
One ship followed another to pass the minefield safely and sail to Port William.
Outside the minefield, the British main fleet chasing here watched the German fleet go away, but they could only roar and fire their guns and dared not cross the minefield.
JellicoLooking at the torpedo array in front of him, he had no choice but to return to scarpavlo naval base with his main fleet in disappointment.
After a day and night of fierce fighting, the sea of Jutland returned to calm, and this unprecedented battle between the dragon and the tiger on the sea was over.
The battle of Jutland was the last time that Germany took the initiative to break through the blockade of the Allies against Germany in the North Sea, but it failed.
From then on to the end of World War I, Germany no longer had a direct confrontation with the allies with its navy, but used submarines to sink ships.
Later, it simply developed into unrestricted submarine warfare.
Strategically speaking, the German Navy failed to break the British Maritime blockade, and the British navy is still the overlord of the world’s oceans.
Although the German ocean fleet still exists, it is useless to be trapped in Port William.
At best, it is an “existing fleet”.
Although Britain suffered heavy losses, with its strong industrial economy, the lost ships were soon supplemented.
The battle of Jutland is still inconclusive.
Both sides claimed a great victory, which is not wrong, because tactically speaking, the German army is naturally the winner.
During the war, the British army lost 14 warships, a total of 155000 tons, and 6 were damaged.
Germany lost 11 warships, totaling 61000 tons, and four were damaged.
But from a strategic point of view, Britain broke Germany’s goal of lifting the British Maritime blockade with a winning posture, and trapped its fleet in Port William.
[cool review] the battlefield is full of traps.
The life of ordinary people is naturally not so exaggerated, but there is one truth in common: looking is a temptation, maybe a trap.
But you can’t take all the temptations and opportunities as traps, otherwise life can’t continue.
The good thing of “pie falling from the sky” is rare in real life.
Therefore, when you encounter the temptation of intoxication, such as suddenly receiving a call one day saying that you won the prize and asked you to pay your personal income tax first, you must make it clear: is this a trap.
Have clear judgment and strong sense of prevention.