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The Battle of Jutland (German: Skagerrakschlacht, the Battle of Skagerrak) was a naval battle fought by the British Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet under Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, against the Imperial German Navy’sHigh Seas Fleet under Vice-Admiral Reinhard Scheer during the First World War. The battle was fought from 31 May to 1 June 1916 in the North Sea, near the coast of Denmark’s Jutland Peninsula
Fourteen British and eleven German ships were sunk, with great loss of life. After sunset, and throughout the night, Jellicoe manoeuvred to cut the Germans off from their base, hoping to continue the battle the next morning, but under the cover of darkness Scheer broke through the British light forces forming the rearguard of the Grand Fleet and returned to port.
One of the lost German sailor was Gorch Fock the psedonymof the German author Johann Wilhelm Kinau (22 August 1880 – 31 May 1916).
His body was found on the Swedish shore near Fjällbacka and interred on the island of Stensholmen together with other German and British servicemen.
There will be a commemoration service at Stensholmen this summer 2016, on the 1st of June. It is not easy to get ashore on Stensholmen but a boat trip to Stensholmen kan be arranged.
The German Navy named two training windjammers in his honor, the Gorch Fock of the Kriegsmarine and the Gorch Fock of the Bundesmarine. Gorch-Fock-Wall on the Hamburg Wallring is also named after him.
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