Jutland 1916

The Archaeology of a Naval Battlefield

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Marine archaeologist Dr Innes McCartney solves the mysterious fate of the lost ships of Jutland and reveals--for the first time--the location and state of the wrecks of all 25 warships sunk in the battle.

In this book, marine archaeologist and historian Dr Innes McCartney reveals for the first time what became of the warships that vanished on the night of 31st May 1916, examining the circumstances behind the loss of each ship and reconciling what was known in 1916 to what the archaeology is revealing today. The knowledge of what was present was transformed in 2015 by a groundbreaking survey using the modern technology of multi-beam. This greatly assisted in unravelling the details behind several Jutland enigmas, not least the devastating explosions which claimed five major British warships, the details of the wrecks of the 13 destroyers lost in the battle and the German warships scuttled during the night phase.

The Battle of Jutland was the largest naval battle and the only full-scale clash of battleships in the First World War. This is the first book to identify the locations of many of the wrecks, and – scandalously – how more than half of these sites have been illegally plundered for salvage, despite their status as war graves. An essential and revelatory read for anyone interested in naval history and marine archaeology.

Table of Contents


PART ONE: The Battlecruiser Action
1 Battlecruiser HMS Indefatigable
2 Battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary
3 Destroyer Wrecks of the Battlecruiser Action

PART TWO: The Fleet Action
4 Armoured Cruiser HMS Defence
5 Battlecruiser HMS Invincible
6 Light Cruiser SMS Wiesbaden
7 Destroyer Wrecks of the Fleet Action

PART THREE: The Night Action
8 Light Cruiser SMS Frauenlob
9 Armoured Cruiser HMS Black Prince
10 Battlecruiser SMS Lützow
11 Light Cruiser SMS Elbing
12 Pre-Dreadnought Battleship SMS Pommern
13 Light Cruiser SMS Rostock
14 Destroyer Wrecks of the Night Action

PART FOUR: Jutland One Hundred Years On
15 Conclusions: The Archaeology of a Naval Battlefield


Product details

Published May 25 2021
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 272
ISBN 9781472835413
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour and black and white photographs and diagrams
Dimensions 246 x 189 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Innes McCartney

Dr Innes McCartney is a nautical archaeologist, ex…


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