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"DECISIVE FACTOR IN "WAR." Impressions *of Bear-Admiral Grant.
When the Jutlind battle was fought Hear Admiral Sir Percy Grant, who is now first naval member of the Australian Naval Board, wis chief of staff with Sir Cecil Burney, squadron commander on the battle-ship Marlboroiigl in the course of the cngigomcnt eight torpedoes were launched at the Marlborough, but only one reached its mark, blowing a hole in the side of the v ease) 20ft by 20ft Partly crippled the Alarlboiough, ii slater ship to Admiral Jellicoe s flagship, Iron Duki remained in the line, but during the night bir Cecil Burney Su Penv (traut, and other mern beis or the staff transfert ed to tho Re venge In view of the fact that tho ofi- cial report on the'battle has just been issued and that it has rai6ed much contro versv obscmtions made by Bear \dmirtl Sn Petcy Gitnt yesterday are of special
"If von turn Inch, to history,' he saul, "von will find that there wus controversy ot a somewhat similar nature in connection with the battle of lnftigar, but I venture to sav that in 25 year-, time it will bo re cognised that jutland was a decisive factor in ending the recent wnr Hie German licet never cime out again and when tt the end of the war it surrendered the admis sion wis made that lutlund was the reason " Reír -dnunl Grant said that he had not BCCU it eleirlv mentioned any where-t surprising omission-th it on the morning aftet the German fleet hid sent up a star shell in the darknes of night, turning 10 points, ind sought Riifetv m flight, there was an exceptionally dense fog TlieBiitish m their encircling move ment towards Ililigoland had hoped to meet the enemy «gam that morning nnd wipe them out, but the fog was so thick that during most of that day the Revenge could not even ice the other units of the British fleet On the preceding night, when daylight had gone, the British de stroycr8 had engaged the enemy vessels us they made for their mino fields The Ger mans hoped poihaps that the British fleet would follow but for a victorious licet to pursue a betten foe during the darkness of night into the littei s nuue held and among the destroyers of both sides, would be the act of a m ninian " Ihc cable mes sages this week bid referred to a wireless signal by Admiral Beatty as follows - 'Urgent Submit van of battleships should follow battle-cruisers Wc can
then cut off whole of enemy's battle fleet " that signal had been sent in daylight from nu cntncly different position The Marl
boroiij.li was in the rear of the line whilst the King George V (Admiral Sir Thomas Jeiram) was in the vtn
Referring to signals which had been 'jammed ' bv the Germans, Rear "idmiral Grant said that both sides wee doing it When enemy vessels were "in touch ' they sent out many coded signals but if Ihev were not ' in touch" the wireless wns used with more caution so that no indication of a vessel's whcroibouts might be gained It was viion^ to tssumc that Ion« delnys lind occurred in the receipt of signals Ihev first had to be decoded I he messages in some rases were sent a long distance In the Jutland battle home of the British ships were 50 miles tipait