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SHOWING WHAT THE GREAT NAVAL BATTLE LOOKED LIKE. AND THE ENORMOUS HEIGHT OF THE SHELL-SPLASHES: PART OF THE BRITISH FLEET ENGAGING THE GERMAN HIGH SEAS FLEET ON MAY 31.
This intensely interesting photograph, with the two others given on a double-page in this issue, was, as there mentioned, taken on board one of the British ships during the heat of the great Battle of Jutland Bank. ” My photographs,” our correspondent writes, ” show Adnmirl Beatty’s squadron in action on May 31, 9zq6. Enemy shots can be seen falling round our ships, and these give a very good idea as to the real height to which the splashes rise. [Two of the ships] can be seen in action firing at the enemy, who are away to the right of the picture, but not shown, and on the far side of our ships shown here. These pictures give an excellent impression of the distance, proportion, etc. of ships in a naval action.” In his report of the battle which accompanied Admiral Jellicoe’s despatch, Vice-Admiral Beatty thus describes t: e opening attack of his battle.crulsers on
the German Fleet : “At 3.48 p.m. the action commenced at a range of z8,5oo yards, both forces opening fire practicall) simultaneously. Course was altered to the southward, and subsequently the mean direction was S.S.E., the enemy steering a parallel course distant about z8,ooo to 14,500 yards. At 4.8 p.m. the Fifth Battle Squadron came into action and opened fire at a range of zo,ooo yards. The enemy’s fire now seemed to slacken. . … From 4.15 to 4.43 p.m. the conflict between the opposing battle-cruisers was of a very fierce and resolute character. The Fifth Battle Squadron was engaging the enemy’s rear ships, unfortunately at very long range. Our fire began to tell, the accuracy and rapidity of that of the enemy depreciating considerably. At 4.18 p.m. the third enemy ship was seen to be on fire.”
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