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THANKS TO YOUR SUPPORT we're creating a 25-minute animation for museums, schools & online to support the Centenary of the German Fleet scuttling in June 1919.
THANKS TO YOUR SUPPORT we're creating a 25-minute animation for museums, schools & online to support the Centenary of the German Fleet scuttling in June 1919.
52 backers pledged CHF 5,237 to help bring this project to life.

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The Animation of the 1919 German Fleet Scuttle in Scapa Flow

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I plan to produce an animation about the 1919 scuttling of the German Fleet at Orkney in June 1919, working with the same partners that helped me produce the successful 2016 Battle of Jutland animation. To date, over 2 million people have seen it and it has great feedback (It was even used at the US Naval War College before the Jutland war-game in 2016). 

A well-known 3-D animator, Stefan Draminski, whose work you can see on Youtube link, has joined the project to add new levels of creativity and experience. 

As part of the Centenary preparations, I have written two books (one will be a collection of photos from the scuttle) and will launch a website by November. I participated in a National Geographic documentary and have organised a Naval history conference in Orkney November 23-24 2018) and a line of merchandise (launched on Shopify. You can find examples on shop.scapaflow1919.com).

The German Naval Museum, the Lyness Visitor Center and the SeaWar Museum in Denmark have all expressed interest in using the animation.

Production will take place in April-May 2019. 

If you come on board, you can chose from a wide range of premiums: books, beenies, Polos and even a Scapa Flow Bierstein from Bavaria (in production at the moment so this is not the final photo just an indicator).

The Last Days of the High Seas Fleet
The Last Days of the High Seas Fleet
Mutiny to Scuttle. The Scuttle and Salvage in Photos.
Mutiny to Scuttle. The Scuttle and Salvage in Photos.
Jutland.The Unfinished Battle (hardback)
Jutland.The Unfinished Battle (hardback)
The Scapa Flow Polo (in blue, black, S,M,L,XL,XXL and Orkney-made). Also available with the Jutland / Skagerrak logo.
The Scapa Flow Polo (in blue, black, S,M,L,XL,XXL and Orkney-made). Also available with the Jutland / Skagerrak logo.
Jutland.The Unfinished Battle (The completely revised and updated paperback)
Jutland.The Unfinished Battle (The completely revised and updated paperback)
Bavarian-crafted Centenary Bierstein
Bavarian-crafted Centenary Bierstein
Scapa Flow Beenie (Black or blue and Orkney made ). Also available with Jutland / Skagerrak logo.
Scapa Flow Beenie (Black or blue and Orkney made ). Also available with Jutland / Skagerrak logo.

Risks and challenges

The Battle of Jutland animation has provided much of the learning needed to make a great follow-up. Museums funded that animation.

This time, I'm hoping you can support me. One generous backer has already provided initial funds to start the project. Your funding will allow me to include better graphics and really first-class animation.

I have kept my 2019 calendar 100% clear to complete this project.

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    Scapa Flow Centenary Car window sticker

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    Scapa Flow Centenary Beenie

    Wool Beenie (in black or dark blue) with embroidered Scapa Flow Centenary logo, embroidered by Kemp's of Kirkwall, Orkney.

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    Jutland.The Unfinished Battle.

    The paperback which has been fully revised and updated with the latest Jutland literature from 2016 and 2017. This will be signed by author.

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    Scuttle to Salvage.

    Available June 2019. Published by the Orcadian Press, Kirkwall. Signed copies available with pre-orders

    A photo story of the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow on 21 June 1919, the story that led up to the day and the salvage of the most important ships in the following decades.

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    The Last Days of the High Seas Fleet.

    Available June 2019. Published by Seaforth Press. Signed copies available with pre-orders.

    On 21 June 1919, the German Navy scuttled most of the High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow in the Orkney islands. 470,000 tons of warships that had taken twenty years to build went to the bottom of the Flow in 4 hours. When the Armistice was signed on 11 November 1918, the allies fell out over how to dispose of Germany's naval power. Now the Germans had themselves done what the British failed to do at Jutland: sink their ships.

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    Jutland.The Unfinished Battle (hardback)

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    Signed by the author.

    One hundred years after Jutland, the first and largest engagement of dreadnoughts in the twentieth century, historians are still fighting this controversial and misunderstood battle. What was in fact a strategic victory stands out starkly against the background of bitter public disappointment in the Royal Navy and decades of divisive acrimony and very public infighting between the camps supporting the two most senior commanders, Jellicoe and Beatty. Based on the latest research, The Unfinished Battler tells the story of the battle from both a British and German perspective, clarifying the context of Germany's inevitable naval clash. It also traces the dispute known as the "Jutland Controversy" that ensued until Admiral Jellicoe's death in 1935. Author Nick Jellicoe is uniquely placed to tell the story of Jutland. His naval connections are strong: his father, the second Earl Jellicoe served as First Lord of the Admiralty while his grandfather, Sir John Jellicoe commanded the Grand Fleet for the first two years of the war, from 1914 to 1916. Sir John was famously described by Churchill as being "the only man who could have lost the war in an afternoon."

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    Scapa Flow Centenary Polo Shirt

    Scapa Flow Centenary embroidered Polo shirt in a choice of black or dark blue, embroidered by Kemp's of Kirkwall, Orkney. Sizes S, M, L, XL, XL and XXL.

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    Scapa Flow Centenary Bavarian Bierstein

    Beautifully Bavarian crafted beer mug emblazoned with the Scapa Flow Centenary logo. A collector's item. And a great way to enjoy a Orkney Swannay Brewery Scapa Special.

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