Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

HMS Queen Mary’s magazine explodes after receiving accurate fire from SMS Derfflinger during the Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916.

Translation of the German at the bottom of the photo: "Destruction of the English battle cruiser "Queen Mary" at the battle of Skagerrak [German name for the Battle of Jutland] on May 31st, 1916, 4:26 in the afternoon."

Translation of the German at the bottom of the photo: “Destruction of the English battle cruiser “Queen Mary” at the battle of Skagerrak [German name for the Battle of Jutland] on May 31st, 1916, 4:26 in the afternoon.”

The Derfflinger herself was hit a total of 17 times by main caliber guns and 9 times by secondary caliber guns, but the superb damage control done by the sailors aboard kept her afloat and in the fight all night until the High Seas Fleet could escape into the Jade Bight. Firing hundreds of her own shells of various calibers; Derfflinger sustained about 160 KIA and about 25 wounded (which is rather high for a ship that didn’t sink). The British nicknamed her the “Iron Dog” after her tenacity and stubbornness at Jutland. Of a complement of 1,275 men, only 9 of Queen Mary’screw survived.

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