By Gary Staff
Supported by way of authentic records, own money owed, legit drawings and specifically 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 military all through global warfare I. It info the technological revolution that had taken position to make sure the construction of those biggest dreadnought periods, specifically the advancements in dimension and armament in addition to the stairs taken to avoid conflict harm as Germany readied herself for warfare. This account of layout and expertise is supplemented by means of person send histories detailing strive against event entire with first-hand bills. The especially commissioned paintings additionally brings this background to existence with a cutaway activity 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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Launching followed on 30 October 1915, but commissioning was not until 19 October 1916 because the shipyard was overstretched. The commander and most of the crew came from the sunken battlecruiser Liitzow. 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 operation was called off and III Squadron was detached to Kiel, where Konig made fast in the Imperial Dockyard. During the turmoil of the revolution that followed, the commander was wounded three times, and the first officer and adjutant were both murdered. Konig belonged to the formation of ships that were interned at Scapa Flow, but did not transfer there until later with the small cruiser Dresden, on 6 December 1918. On 21 June 1919, she was scuttled in deep water and remains there to this day.
The guns could be elevated to an angle of 70°. The Bayern class carried the new larger 60cm H8 torpedoes. With a length of 8m and weight of 2,000kg, they carried a warhead weighing 210kg and had a range of 6,000m at 36 knots, and 14,000m at 30 knots. There were four broadside tubes and a bow tube and a total of 20 torpedoes were carried. When Bayern struck a mine in October 1917, it was thought that the air flasks of the torpedoes, under a pressure of 440psi, had exploded and contributed to the destructive effect, and thereafter the broadside tubes were removed from both ships and the large torpedo rooms were sectionalized.
German Battleships 1914-18 (2): Kaiser, Konig and Bayern classes (New Vanguard 167) by Gary Staff