Admiral Sir David Beatty, Victor in the Battle of Jutland and Designated to Receive the Surrender of the German Fleet, November 21, 1918


David Beatty (1871‒1936) succeeded John Jellicoe in the command of Britain’s Grand Fleet in November 1916. Beatty’s greatest contribution to the British war effort may have been his management of the Royal Navy’s contribution to the armistice of November 11, 1918. The Allies demanded that the German fleet be transferred into British hands at the Firth of Forth and that Germany’s entire submarine force also to be handed over to Allied control. On November 21, 1918, Beatty received the surrender of the entire German High Seas Fleet. The operation has been called the greatest meeting in history of warships at one place. This photograph is from the War of the Nations, a compilation of 1,398 rotogravure images with brief descriptive captions relating to World War I and its immediate aftermath. The book was published by the New York Times Company and includes images that appeared in the Mid-Week Pictorial, a weekly magazine of news photographs published by the New York Times Company between 1914 and 1937. The photographs depict the main military and civilian leaders from the countries involved in the war, battle scenes, major weapons systems, ruins and destruction wrought by the fighting, the return of troops after the war and victory celebrations in various countries, and scenes from the Paris Peace Conference. In addition to the Western front in France and Belgium, the pictures cover the other theaters of the war, including the Eastern, Italian, and Balkans fronts, the Dardanelles and Gallipoli campaign, and the campaign in Mesopotamia and Palestine. Postwar developments covered include the revolutions in Germany and Russia and the intervention by Allied and American troops in Siberia. The book has a table of contents; 32 maps, including pictorial maps that illustrate fronts and campaigns; and a three-page appendix that provides a chronology of 1914‒19, statistics (including mobilized strength and the numbers of dead, wounded, and missing from all the belligerents), key wartime events, and the main provisions of the Treaty of Versailles that formally ended the war.

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New York Times Company, New York


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Admiral Sir David Beatty, Victor In The Battle Of Jutland And Designated To Receive The Surrender Of The German Fleet, Nov. 21, 1918

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1 print : black and white ; 34-42 centimeters

Last updated: November 14, 2017