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APPENDIX I- INFORMATION FROM GUNNERY RECORDS

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NOTE BY ADMIRALTY

To supplement the foregoing despatches such extracts of gunnery reports received at the Admiralty a few months after the Battle of Jutland as contain information of interest in regard to the general course of the action are published.

Portions of the original reports received have been deleted, but only as far as plots from Fire Control Tables or references to fire control methods are concerned, these Tables and Methods being secret.

Whilst the records contained in the following pages supplement the despatches (which, indeed, in some cases contain similar gunnery reports, e.g., Iron Duke, page 52), it should be noted that the information was compiled in some cases from notes taken on the bridge during the Battle, or under other conditions which militated against accuracy in the estimation of ranges, resulting sometimes in a conflict of opinion between the entries of adjacent ships.

All ships did not furnish plots, transmission station records or other notes : reasons are explained in some of the following letters.


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From—The Commanding Officer, H.M.S. Ajax.
To—The Secretary of the Admiralty (through Vice-Admiral Commanding Second Battle Squadron).
30th September 1916.
No. E. 68/14.

Subject.— Plot contained in the action of the 31st May 1916.
Former.—H. F. Memorandum 1187/68 of 24th September 1916.

H.M.S. Ajax.
In accordance with the above quoted Memorandum, I have the honour to forward the plot of the period of time in which H.M. Ship under my command was in sight of the enemy.
2. Owing to the mist and smoke this was all that could be obtained.
GEORGE H. BAIRD,
Captain.



From— The Commanding Officer, H.M.S. Ajax.
To—The Secretary of the Admiralty.
Date.—30th October 1916.

No. E. 74/7.
Subject.—Further information of the action of 31st May 1916.
Former. —Admiralty Letter of 20th October 1916, G. 03934/16.
H.M.S. Ajax.
With reference to the above quoted Older, the following particulars are foi"warded : 1. Range on Sights at Open Fire, 18,700.
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3. Rough Bearing was 87 Green — a Battle Cruiser . . . . . The trainer in Gun Control Tower had very great difficulty in seeing the object.
GEO. H. BAIRD,
Captain.


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