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39 minutes ago, Hans de Vries said:

It still could not make up for numerical inferiority. Britain had 28 battleships at Jutland vs 16 German ones. 

So how were they able to inflict greater damage than your supposedly superior British fleet ?

Since this thread is about Military History and (I suppose) it's place in History more generally it is fascinating to study how often inferior naval forces have won history changing naval engagements as opposed to land engagements, going right back thousands of years to the Perisan Empire and the Ancient Greeks, through the Romans, to Spanish wars, the American War of Independence and the Napoleonic wars and as noted , some sundry far eastern wars as well.

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The British had built an empire on the back of her navy.
The experience intactics and use of equipment was vastly superior to the fledgling German navy.
Hence the susequent German navy refusals to fight after the Jutland defeat.

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1 hour ago, MigL said:

The British had built an empire on the back of her navy.
The experience intactics and use of equipment was vastly superior to the fledgling German navy.
Hence the susequent German navy refusals to fight after the Jutland defeat.

So experienced that

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Wiki  - History of Royal Navy 1815 - 1914

After 1827 there were no major battles until 1914

They must have had the oldest admiral ever !

🙂

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Military tactics are taught, and experience gained, is passed on.
No need to keep Admirals alive, and serving, for 99 years 🙂 .

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16 minutes ago, MigL said:

Military tactics are taught, and experience gained, is passed on.
No need to keep Admirals alive, and serving, for 99 years 🙂 .

 

Good job they didn't pass it down the line then.

Naval tactics from 1815 consisted of 'line of battle' wooden sail-warships sailing past each other firing broadsides.

Successful tactics 100 years later with gun turrets on motorised steel ships were rather different.

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It certainly is a good job that tactics are passed down the line.
Tactics like those used by the Athenians against the much greater Persian fleet at the battle of Salamis.
That was 2501 years ago !

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4 hours ago, Hans de Vries said:

Yes the German ships were (likely) slightly more accurate and had stronger systems to pump water out. This still did not make for the numerial inferiority

Earlier in the battle of Dogger Bank, due to the hit of an English shell, the powder charges ignited in one of the towers of the main caliber of the cruiser Seidlitz, the explosion did not occur. The Germans took this into account and modernized the projectile supply system from the point of view of fire safety. On the British battlecruisers, this was not done and as a result, in the Battle of Jutland, there was an explosion of cellars on Indefatible, Queen Mary and Invisible

 

The Battle of Jutland can be considered a victory for the German fleet, as it suffered fewer losses than the British fleet. But the British fleet was ready to go to sea the next day to perform combat missions and the German fleet had most of the ships forced to stand up for repairs for six months.

1 hour ago, studiot said:

Successful tactics 100 years later with gun turrets on motorised steel ships were rather different.

The tactic is to allow more of their ships to fire on a portion of the enemy's ships while most of the enemy's ships would not be able to fire effectively. Here, a characteristic maneuver is the coverage of the head of the column of the enemy fleet by high-speed cruisers. This is a favorite maneuver of the Japanese navy, they tried to use it during the battle in the Yellow Sea and during the Battle of Tsushima.

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