Sunday, 19 August 2012

The Mystery of the Battle Of Jutland Explained

Good evening,

I'm sick. Off work, and feeling so unwell as to not even contemplate picking up a brush! Things must be bad! (It's just a bad cold with associated headaches, but still...)

Anyway, the Battle of Jutland has always interested me. Primarily because HMS New Zealand was smack bang in the middle of it, and the only one of Beatie's battle cruiser formation that actually survived.

Here's why the others didn't...

Was the New Zealand lucky, or the crew just more thorough concerning safety procedures? After all, if I remember correctly, the aft turret was hit and put out of action.

Anyway, a very interesting watch.



Hmmm, perhaps just very, very, very lucky...
New Zealand fired 420 twelve-inch shells during the battle, more than any other ship on either side.
They must have stacked bags of cordite upon bags of cordite upon bags of cordite right in the turrets themselves!

And also useless shots - only 4 recorded hits!


  1. Take it easy my friend, I hope you are feeling well very soon. I hope they got in a decent relief teacher, I'm sure the young uns will miss you.

    God Bless,

    1. Thanks John,

      Yeah the ladys are really good with them,and pretty brave to take on my programme. No paper plans, they're all hyperlinked from my weekly timetable, itself a Word file. That, and much everything else is run through my interactive whiteboard - it would put many a reliever out of their comfort zone!

      Gotta be back for Tuesday - were having the practical session of our First Aide cert re-validation.

      God bless you mate,


  2. Beatty's force lost two of 6 battlecruisers. Hood's 3rd BCS lost one of three. The only special claim that NZ has at Jutland is being the battlecruiser that was only hit once during the battle.

    1. Ah, ok then, duly noted. Did sound a bit odd when I just re-read it.

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