Sunday, April 3, 2016

Isle of Man 2016
Battle of Jutland

ISSUE DATE: 17 February 2016
STAMP THEME: Battle of Jutland
 ARTWORK: Willy Stöwer
William Lionel Whyllie
Pat McDonald 
 STAMP/ISSUE DESIGN: Francesca Jellicoe / EJC Design

The Battle of Jutland is remembered with a miniature sheet depicting vivid scenes from the clash between Britain's Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet on May 31st/June 1st 1916.

There are two 175p stamps featuring the faces of four of the key figures from the contentious confrontation, Commander British Grand Fleet  Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, Commander German High Seas Fleet Admiral Reinhard Scheer, Commander Battle Cruiser Fleet Vice Admiral Sir David Beatty and Commander 1st Scouting Group Vice Admiral Franz Hipper. 

The sheet itself combines a collection of evocative artworks by Willy Stöwer, William Lionel Whyllie and Pat McDonald to convey some of the atmosphere of this remarkable moment in warfare.

In a 12-hour battle involving 249 ships and more than 100,000 men, the British, with their proud naval history, fought to maintain a maritime blockade, while the Germans were determined to break through. The result remains a subject of controversy, as the Germans inflicted heavy losses on the British, but the blockade held. Post-battle reporting led to confusion, while internal disagreement, accusation and acrimony within the Royal Navy over the tactics adopted compounded the feeling of defeat.

However, many experts regard the Battle of Jutland – or Battle of Skagerrak as the Germans know it - as a pivotal point for the British, forcing the Navy to bring about much-needed reform which ensured maritime supremacy was maintained, even into World War 2. Expert insight into the Battle of Jutland comes courtesy of Nick Jellicoe, whose grandfather Sir John was Commander of the British Grand Fleet during this infamous confrontation. The stamps are designed in collaboration with Nick’s daughter Francesca.

Paintings images and pictures thanks to:

Stamp images and description thanks to Isle of Man Post Office

Isle of Man Stamps