THE WORLD WAR: THE FIRST YEAR (1914-1915)

Battle of Jutland, by B. F. Gribble RBC SMA was a prolific British marine artist and illustrator.

The Russo-Japanese war greatly weakened Russia's position in Europe, and left the Dual Alliance of France and Russia overweighted by the military strength of the Teutonic Empires, Germany and Austria, whether or not Italy should adhere to the Triple Alliance with these nations. To Great Britain, such a disturbance of the European balance was ever a matter of grave concern, and an abandonment of her policy of isolation was in this instance virtually forced upon her by Germany's rivalry in her own special sphere of commerce and sea power.

Battle of Jutland

The Battle of Jutland WWI by 1 Montague Dawson, National Geographic 1949

There was only one action between the Royal Navy Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet in the World War, the battle of Jutland. This was indecisive, but even in a history with the limits of this book it deserves a chapter of its own. In the magnitude of the forces engaged, a magnitude less in numbers of ships—great as that was—than in the enormous destructive power concentrated in those ships, it was by far the greatest naval battle in history. Moreover, this was the one fleet battle fought with the weapons of to-day.

Ambassador Brenton and King Albert II at HMS Vindictive ceremony

HMS Vindictive Memorial at Ostend, Belgium, Royal Navy

The memorial of HMS Vindictive was relocated to Ostend in the presence of Belgian King Albert II and Ambassador Brenton.

The City of Ostend has relocated a highly esteemed memorial, the bow of Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Vindictive during a ceremony attended by Belgian King Albert II and his wife, Queen Paola.

Life on board HM Ships at Christmas: 1915 vs. 2015

Chief Petty Officer Clinton Hume is exploring the connections between Christmas on board warships 100 years apart

From hammocks to bunk beds, letters to e-mails, one Royal Navy sailor compares Christmas at sea 100 years apart

Sailors on board HMS St Albans will be away from their loved ones this Christmas but fortunately for them it will be a much more comfortable experience than it was for their forebears.

Next year marks 100 years since the Battle of Jutland, one of the most significant naval engagements of the First World War, and the anniversary is being marked with a major commemorative event in May.

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