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Jutland centenary Initiative Goals

Vision and Goals

The battle of Jutland was the largest, most written-about and most controversial naval engagement of all time. The battle’s outcome was central to the history of the First World War. It was the turning point in Germany’s maritime strategy and  heralded the launch of the unrestricted submarine war that brought America into the war on April 6th, 1917.

It’s important that the history and lessons of Jutland are passed onto new generations whose language is digital and whose values have evolved.  This is the metric of success. The Initiative seeks to communicate the wider story using animation, interactive museum displays, podcasts and crowd sourced participation for on-going research.

The initiative’s ultimate goal is to provide a digital curation of  the important Jutland memories and learnings and to help create a revived interest in our common history and a passion for learning.


Listen to Nick Jellicoe, author of Jutland.The Unfinished Battle, talking with a friend, Caroline Buchler, about the book. He speaks about what motivated him, how he’s trying to innovate and what he hopes will be achieved with the Jutland Centenary Initiative. Short and long term.

Podcast One : Why Jutland was decisive.


Podcast Two : Passing on history to new audiences


Animations of the Battle

Watch a 24 minute narration by Nick Jellicoe of the Battle of the Jutland with the aid of animated maps, graphics and contemporary photos. Nick explains the battle itself and the 1917 submarine war that resulted when the German Fleet commander, Admiral Scheer, persuaded the Kaiser and the Cabinet that Germany could never win a traditional Fleet-to-Fleet encounter with the British.

Click here to go to the Animation

Positive reviews for the animation

“Congratulations on the animation. I enjoyed it very much and will show it to my kids and friends. There is so much to the battle, so many layers”.

Awesome and thanks for sharing!!

Very beautiful, thanks.

Very nicely done

That was awesome, very much appreciated!

Very good – frustratingly, it doesn’t have any credits on it about who made it. That makes it hard for anyone to think “Let’s Does anyone know the credits for this?

Thank you for an outstanding piece, I am an amateur student of military history and my father served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, so I had some idea of the battle but this has made everything so much clearer. My German wife (and her mother) knew almost nothing and this has been an eye opener for them. I look forward to reading your book.

An outstanding production. The story told pragmatically, based on facts and with a cohesive and insightful narrative. This is how a military history video should be made. Thank you.

Congratulations on a brilliant film. the most concise and comprehensible account of the battle that I have read. I have forwarded the link to colleagues in the Royal Naval Association, so you may expect a lot of visits as the anniversary draws near.

Well you definitely succeeded in explaining the very complex ordeal that was the Battle of Jutland. If military history was presented in this form more often I think people would find it more interesting, a shame it has to be that way though. I’ll try my best to spread it around, that’s the least I could do for such a magnificent creation.

Beautifully done documentary; best picture I ever had of that very complex battle.


Nick Jellicoe's book will be published by Seaforth at the end of March 2016

Nick Jellicoe’s book has been published by Seaforth in the UK and will be available in the US in mid May (Published by the US Naval Institute Press)



To pre-order Nick’s book on Amazon,
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Advance Praise for Jutland.The Unfinished Battle.

“The author, the grandson of Admiral John Jellicoe, commander of the British Grand Feet at Jutland, gives a compelling, dramatic account of the Royal Navy’s last great sea battle. His descriptions and analysis of the men, ships, tactics, decisions, successes and failures on both sides are scrupulously accurate and fair. And when he turns to Jellicoe’s shabby treatment after the battle by politicians, press lords, and carping ,quibbling, jealous lesser admirals, he is equally professional and accurate. The measure of Jellicoe’s achievement is that the great German admirals, Scheer and Hippper, never brought German High Seas Fleet, the Kaiser’s pride and joy, out again to contest  the mastery of the North Sea”

Robert K. Massie, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Castles of Steel and Dreadnought.

“Jutland: The Unfinished Battle is a lively and engaging analysis of the controversial fleet action that combines new material with the sympathetic but not uncritical perspective of the British Commander-in-Chief’s grandson. It takes a fresh look at many questions as to the conduct of the engagement that continue to this day to stir controversy and debate.”

Rear Admiral James Goldrick, RAN (ret’d), author of The King’s Ships were at Sea and Before Jutland.

“Nicholas Jellicoe has not set out as an apologist for his grandfather. He has tackled head on the issues that the conduct of the battle raise – gunnery, ammunition, ship design, tactics, communication, intelligence. This is marvellously enthralling account of the battle that combines academic thoroughness with a unique element of personal observation. I found it totally absorbing and cannot recommend it highly enough”.

Commodore Peter Wykeham-Martin, Chairman of  Friends of the NMRN (Portsmouth)