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Jutland Order of Battle
Jutland Order of Battle
The Pentagoet History of the Battle of Jutland incorporates a comprehensive Order of Battle of units and ships participating in the battle. This includes strength, organization, ships (including detailed descriptions and photographs of the ships in question), leadership, comments and losses at the Battle of Jutland. also incorporated are internet links to unit histories. All Order-of-Battle information is interlinked and heirarchical, as well as integrated into the maps and history.
Sample Units
  German Scouting Group  
This group, formed around the five German Battlecruisers, was the vanguard of the High Seas Fleet as was to locate enemy forces, destroying them or engaging them until the Main Body caught up. This group was also used to conduct raids on the English coast.
Scouting Group Destroyer Group
This commander controlled all the German Scouting Group's destroyers from the Light Cruiser SMS REGENSBURG.
1st Scouting Group
The five German Battlecruisers constituted this group, making it fast and powerful. It held its own against daunting odds early in the battle.
4th Scouting Group
This squadron's role was to screen the High Seas Fleet.
3rd Battle Squadron
This was the best and most deadly German squadron of Dreadnought Battleships, comprising the Kaiser and the König-classes. It gave a good account of itself.
5th Battle Squadron
This was the premier capital ship squadron at Jutland. Equipped with four Queen Elizabeth-Class fast dreadnoughts, each armed with the latest 15" guns, it was almost as fast as a squadron of battlecruisers, could out-shoot and out-range anything the Germans had and was oil-poered, vice coal-powered. Unfortunately, it was mishandled in the event and wasn't able to show its strengths.
2nd Cruiser Squadron
These heavy armoured cruisers wee used by the Grand Fleet as its heavy forward screen. It had greater firepower than a German light cruiser squadron, but was vulnerable to capital ships.

1st Light Cruiser Squadron

British light cruisers served the fleet well at Jutland. They kept the fleet commander informed, while masking the heavier ships from detection and enemy destroyer/torpedo boats.

11th Destroyer Flotilla

This was typical of the British destroyer flotillas. Normally led by a light cruiser, or destroyer design called a 'Destroyer Leader,' the constituent destroyers were normally of the same class and followed the leader's movements and kept close enough to read the leader's flag signals.

German pre-Dreadnought Battleship

This was a German pre-Dreadnought Battleship that had no business being involved at Jutland. Their armament and speed were an order of magnitude inferior to those of dreadnoughts, or even battlecruisers. SMS POMMER sank with all hands after being torpedoed the evening of the battle.

German Battlecruiser

Von der TAN was an excellent design in battlecruisers. Less powerful than British battlecruisers, they were better armored and held up well during the battle against the British design
  German Light Cruiser
This was a robust German light cruiser design, used by the Hight Seas Fleet to scout out enemy forces while screening the Main Body.
  German Destroyer/Torpedoboat SMS V189  
German Torpedoboats - used in the same way as British destroyers - were designed to be commanded by a single officer. Lighter than their British homologues, they lacked the latter's armament and sea-keeping abilities.
  British Dreadnought/Battleship HMS CANADA  
This was a one-off battleship design, taken over from a foreign contract in 1914. It was well-designed and comfortable both to fight and steam.
  British Armoured Cruiser
Like all Armoured Cruisers at the time, this type of vessel was obsolescent by the time of Jutland. Used as scouts, the Grand Fleet lost three of these to no advantage in the battle.
  British Destroyer
This destroyer, seconded to Admiral JELLICOE's use, was an example of the Royal Navy's workhorse destroyer.
  British Seaplane Tender
HMS ENGADINE provided aircraft rconnaissance for the British Battlecruiser Fleet
  British Main Gun
15"/42 Mk I
The 15" Naval Gun was the state-of-the art in World War I naval artillery, but was limited by evolving fire control and projectiles that shattered or prematurely exploded on contact, rather than penetrating.