German Battleships 1914-18 (2): Kaiser, Konig and Bayern by Gary Staff

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Supported by means of respectable files, own money owed, reputable drawings and in particular commissioned art, this quantity is an enlightening heritage of the most important periods of Kaiser, K?nig and Bayern that shaped the spine of the German Imperial army all through international struggle I. It information the technological revolution that had taken position to make sure the development of those biggest dreadnought sessions, particularly the advancements in dimension and armament in addition to the stairs taken to avoid conflict harm as Germany readied herself for struggle. This account of layout and know-how is supplemented via person send histories detailing wrestle event entire with first-hand bills. The specifically commissioned art additionally brings this background to lifestyles with a cutaway game of the fleet's flagship and the conflict of Moon Sound within the Baltic in 1917 the place the battleship Konig triggered the destruction of the Russian battleship Slava.

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After the completion of trials and training, Baden was commissioned as fleet flagship on 14 March 1917. Baden took part in all the normal exercises and operations of the High Sea Fleet. At the end of August 1917, she conveyed the Kaiser, Wilhelm II, to Helgoland and returned him to Cuxhaven, escorted by Derfflinger, Emden II 43 A close-up view of Baden amidships. The extent of the heavy citadel and belt armour is visible and likewise the casemate armour. The deckhouse contained many officers' cabins and was considered a successful arrangement.

8cm Flak cannon have been mounted. Armour The armour of the Bayern class was similar in thickness and extent to the preceding Konig class. The main belt was 350mm thick and tapered to 170mm at its lower edge. Citadel armour was 250mm and the casemate armour was 170mm. Bow armour was 250mm and the stern armour was 170-100mm. The transverse bulkheads were 200 to 350mm. The armoured deck over the casemates was 40mm thick, the battery deck was 30mm and the armoured deck itself was 30mm on its horizontal part - the sloping armoured deck was 80mm thick.

All these operations proved that the High Sea Fleet, with its battleships, was an important weapon capable of carrying out the military and political will of the admiralty staff and government. The steadfast and potent battleships of the Imperial Navy had proved impossible to overpower, even by the most powerful contempory navies. , The Battle of Jutland, US Naval Institute (1936) GreiEmer, Alex, Linienschiffe der Kaiserlicben Marine 1906-1918, Bernard & Graefe (1999) Groner, Erich, Die deutschen Kriegsscbiffe 1815-1945, Bernard & Graefe (1982) Hildebrand, Hans, Die Deutschen Kriegsscbiffe, Vols 1-7, Koehlers (1979) Koop, Gerhard and Klaus-Peter Schmolke, Die Linienschiffe der Bayern Klasse, Bernard & Graefe (1996) Koop, Gerhard and Klaus-Peter Schmolke, Vom Original zum Modell, Bayern Klasse, Bernard & Graefe (1996) Koop, Gerhard and Klaus-Peter Schmolke, Von der Nassau zur Konig Klasse, Bernard & Graefe (1999) Mantey, Eberhard von, Auf See unbesiegt, Vols 1 and 2, J.

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