"The outstanding lesson to be drawn from the battle it seems to me is that success in battle must be based upon a vigorous offensive."

-Captain Joel R.P. Pringle, USN (Thesis on Tactics, Naval War College, Class of 1919) 


The Naval War College Maritime History Department, War Gaming Department, and the Naval War College Museum are proud to host JUTLAND: The War Game. Please join us to commemorate the centennial of the largest naval battle of World War I and follow in the footsteps of admirals Chester W. Nimitz, Ernest J. King, and William “Bull” Halsey as you “game” the Battle of Jutland.

The President of the Naval War College, Rear Admiral P. Gardner Howe, USN and the Director of Naval History, Rear Admiral Samuel J. Cox, USN (ret.) will command the fleets! You, the players, will command the ships!

Pringle Hall Second Floor (NSC Wardroom)

Tuesday 10 May 2016, 1:30 to 4:00 PM

Light Refreshments will be available during the event. You may also join us following the action during a “no host” social at the Officers’ Club.

This event is open for all NWC faculty, staff, and students to participate and/or observe. Read on for information on how to register.


"The Battle of Jutland provides an ideal illustration of how future commanders may use radio to increasing the flexibility of strategy…..Basing his decisions on the strategic situation and the intelligence he had through radio, Jellicoe made sound tactical decisions to preserve the integrity of the British fleet at Jutland. In so doing, he insured the supremacy of the British fleet and placed the Germans in an inescapable stalemate which ultimately favored Britannia."

-Captain Ernest J. King, USN (Thesis on Tactics, Naval War College, Correspondence Course, 1920)

Marking the centennial of the First World War, the Naval War College will revisit the epic Battle of Jutland which defined the first “great” world war of the twentieth century. As the German fleet sortied on 31 May of 1916, British intelligence enabled their fleet to seek out and attempt to destroy the enemy in the North Sea approaches to the Skagerrak Strait off Jutland on the North German coast. Although the German fleet inflicted more casualties during the battle, the British ultimately secured a strategic stalemate which eventually fueled the collapse of Imperial Germany by 1918.

Rear Admiral William S. Sims, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe during the First World War, returned as President of the Naval War College and used the Battle of Jutland to educate a new generation of U.S. Navy professionals including the future five star admirals – William D. Leahy, Ernest J. King, Chester W. Nimitz, and William F. Halsey, Jr.

You too can consider key questions of strategy and naval leadership by participating in the battle between the Imperial German High Seas Fleet and the British “Grand Fleet” helped define the Naval War College curriculum, inspired the Anglo-American alliance of the Second World War, and influenced the development of the U.S. Navy of the twenty-first century.



Umpires from the War Gaming Department will explain the rules prior to play and guide you along the way.


Click above to register for the event. Players will be randomly assigned one of the 49 available battleships or battlecruisers of the German High Seas Fleet or the British Grand Fleet.

Register NOW to take command of your vessel! Register NOW to take command of your vessel!

You can also watch the action from the mezzanine or the floor! Stop by even if you cannot stay for the whole event!


"The Battle of Jutland, on account of the magnitude of the forces and the stakes involved, and because of the conditions under which it was fought, has no equal in history. While in future battles we may find a greater variety of warship types, it is doubtful if the total forces engaged in the Battle of Jutland will be exceeded at any rate during our time."
-Commander Chester W. Nimitz, USN (Thesis on Tactics, Naval War College, Class of 1923)


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