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Jutland centenary: treating the wounded

By Dr Jen Novotny, Research Assistant in History, University of Glasgow

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HMS Falmouth, built by William Beardmore & Co, University of Glasgow Archives reference UGD100/7/3/7

This post looks at how medics at Jutland treated battle casualties, contending not only with complex injuries, but having to manoeuvre through confined spaces aboard ships.

 

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Jutland centenary: building the fleet

By Dr Jen Novotny, University of Glasgow

On 31 May, the national commemorations of the Battle of Jutland will take place in Orkney. It highlights Scotland’s contribution to the First World War at sea: particularly the great ships constructed along the Clyde and the strategically important harbours of Rosyth and Scapa, from which the fleets of Admirals Beatty and Jellicoe set sail to meet their German counterparts. This post explores the contributions of Scottish industry and the labour tensions that simmered on the home front while war continued to be waged on land and sea.

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Naval guns produced by William Beardmore’s Parkhead Forge, University of Glasgow reference UGD100/1/11/3

 

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Jutland centenary: understanding the battle

By Dr Jen Novotny, Research Assistant in History, University of Glasgow

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HMS Galatea, the first ship to spot signs of the German fleet on 31 May 1916. University of Glasgow Archives Reference: UGD100/1/11/8

One hundred years ago on 31 May, the British Grand Fleet met the German High Seas Fleet in the most important naval battle of the First World War. One hundred and fifty ships of the Royal Navy met 99 German ships in the North Sea – 100,000 sailors manoeuvring the might of the world’s two most advanced navies in the only full-scale naval engagement of the First World War.

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