- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
What really happened when catastrophe befell the mightiest fleet in the world? Remarkable new analysis of the epic battle that sent Britain’s unconquerable “super-dreadnoughts” to the seafloor.
- Settles longstanding controversies and definitively solves historical puzzles.
- Utilizes cutting-edge technology from diverse fields of research.
- The definitive analysis of the Battle of Jutland, May 1916.
Where soldiers die, history is made. BATTLEFIELD DETECTIVES offers a remarkably fresh and exhilarating look at the most fascinating conflicts in history by focusing on the bloody ground where they were waged. This groundbreaking series definitively re-examines what we think we know about history’s great clashes. BATTLEFIELD DETECTIVES redefines the military documentary by utilizing every possible technique – demonstrations, reenactments, advanced forensic and historical analysis, and more – to perfectly clarify battles from the legendary to the obscure.
When the smoke cleared over the North Sea, the world’s great armadas – the German High Seas Fleet and the British Grand Fleet – were in tatters; nearly 9000 sailors perished and over 175,000 shipping tons were destroyed. Both sides claimed victory, but by most measures (including simply avoiding total annihilation) the audacious Germans, who had provoked the encounter with their far-mightier foe, came out ahead.
It was an epic battle the British should have sewn up. Unchallenged since the Battle of Trafalgar, the global dominance of the British Royal Navy was unquestioned. Yet the Germans, far outgunned and without the element of surprise due to a captured codebook, nevertheless humiliated the world’s dominant war machine.
The Battle of Jutland is a textbook case taught in every war college in the world; it has been examined minutely from every angle but new findings, including pioneering underwater archeology in 2003, have given rise to new theories about the epic conflict. Using the latest modern science, BATTLEFIELD DETECTIVES investigates and asks:
- What went wrong?
- Why was Jutland so disastrous for the Royal Navy?
- And could it be that, in losing the battle, they won the naval war?