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Battle of Jutland

Collection Issue Date: 17th February 2016

Marking the 100th anniversary of the controversial and defining naval battle.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland, Isle of Man Post Office has produced a distinctive miniature sheet featuring two striking stamps.

Issue Information

The 100th anniversary of the controversial Battle of Jutland, commemorated on May 31st, inspired this Isle of Man Post Office miniature sheet.

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.

The Battle of Britain miniature sheet is available in mint condition or Cancelled to Order (CTO), as well as on a First Day Cover and in a Presentation Pack.

Technical Information

Stamp Design

 Francesca Jellicoe

Issue Design

 EJC Design

Text

 Nick Jellicoe

Format

 Miniature sheet of 2 stamps

Process

 Offset Lithography

Colours

 4

Paper

 110gms PVA gummed

Perforations

 14 per 2cms

Stamp size

 42.58mm x 28.45mm

No. of Stamps

 2

Date of Issue

 17th February 2016

Collection Products

Battle of Jutland Commemorative Special Cover
Battle of Jutland Commemorative Special Cover

Product Code: UE95
Product Issue Date: 31st May 2016

An essential collectable, this Isle of Man Post Office special commemorative cover features our evocative Battle of Jutland centenary miniature sheet of two stamps, plus a unique postmark marking 100 years since the day of the Battle. The story of the battle is brought to life with the information card written by Nick Jellicoe, grandson of British Grand Fleet Commander Sir John Jellicoe.

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Battle of Jutland Miniature Sheet
Battle of Jutland Miniature Sheet

Product Code: UE25
Product Issue Date: 17th February 2016

A stunning miniature sheet commemorating the 100th anniversary of the controversial and influential Battle of Jutland features striking artworks conveying the dramatic story of this infamous naval confrontation. It features two stamps, designed by Admiral Jellicoe’s great grand-daughter Francesca, each showing the faces of the men who led the fleets on that fateful day in May 1916.

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Battle of Jutland First Day Cover
Battle of Jutland First Day Cover

Product Code: UE92
Product Issue Date: 17th February 2016

An essential collectable, this Isle of Man Post Office First Day Cover features the evocative Battle of Jutland centenary miniature sheet of two stamps, plus a unique cancellation for the first day of issue and an information card about the battle written by Nick Jellicoe, grandson of British Grand Fleet Commander Sir John Jellicoe.

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Battle of Jutland Presentation Pack
Battle of Jutland Presentation Pack

Product Code: UE42
Product Issue Date: 17th February 2016

A mint condition miniature sheet commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland is presented in the highly collectable four-page mini brochure. The pages of the brochure itself include an analysis of the battle and its impact by Nick Jellicoe, whose grandfather Sir John Jellicoe commanded the British Great Fleet during the fateful confrontation in May 1916. It also includes more detail about the images on the miniature sheet.

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