- The Engagement Between the Battle Fleets.
MOVE 11B. 6.30 to 6.55 P.M. POSITION 11B
At 6.30 the Colossus and the fifth division opened fire. At 6.31 the Iron Duke opened fire at a range of 12,000 yards; the ships of the third and fourth divisions opened fire about this time. Soon after, say 6.35, the first battle squadron opened also, this giving Jellicoe a total of 27 battleships in action. At 6.33 the speed was increased to 17 knots.
At 6.38 the last ship of the sixth division had changed course to 1 io° true and the deployment had been completed. At 6.40 the King George V, leader of the battle fleet, changed course to 1210 true, without orders, to close the enemy. At 6.50 the King George V changed course to south (1660 true) and at 6.51, upon orders from the commander-in-chief all division leaders changed simultaneously to the same course. By 6.55 all vessels of the battle fleet were on course 1660 true.