History talk: The Battle of Jutland

The Algarve History Association is holding a talk on ‘The Battle of Jutland’, presented by Tony Peters, on June 6 in the Tavira library and on June 7 in the Lagoa library, both starting at 6pm.

The Battle of Jutland was the biggest maritime battle of the Great War.

The battle took place on May 31/June 1 1916 and resulted in the loss of eight heavily armoured ships, 17 cruisers and destroyers and nearly 10,000 men.

What prompted a British admiral to exclaim, “There seems to be something wrong with our bl**dy ships today”? Why did the German propaganda machine declare “Skagerrakschlacht” as a victory for the Imperial German fleet?

Tony Peters will outline the maritime forces and strategies of Great Britain and Germany, describe the deployments and interactions between the fleets and investigate some of the controversies affecting men and materiel.

Captain Tony Peters served in the Royal Navy for 46 years. He commanded three frigates and has instructed in Tactical Procedures and Anti-Submarine Warfare at the School of Maritime Operations, and also in International Affairs and Maritime Strategy at the United States Naval War College.