Battlecruisers

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Large cruisers built for the German Navy to be called battlecruisers began in 1908 with the German armoured cruiser Blucher which had the size of a battleship but with smaller calibre armament.  With the lessons learned from the battlecruiser Blucher, the Von Der Tann was built and was a great success.  This was followed by the Moltke Class of Moltke and Goeben, the Seydlitz, the Hindenburg, the Derfflinger Class of Derfflinger and Lutzow, and the Mackensen Class of Mackensen and the incomplete Ersatz Freya, Graf Spee, and Ersatz A.

       BATTLECRUISERS

Blucher (Armoured Cruiser) 11th April 1908 Sunk at the battle of Dogger Bank 24th January 1915

SMS Bl?her

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SMS Blucher used as a gunnery experiment ship before the outbreak of World War One, was sunk at the battle of Dogger Bank by a 13.5 inch shell from HMS Princess Royal at 20,000 yards which pierced the armour deck and ignited charges on the ammunition rails causing a huge fire.  She was hard to sink, probably hit by over 50 heavy shells and two 21 inch torpedos on the 24th January 1915.

Blucher, 1910.

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SMS Blucher engaging the British Fleet.  German propaganda postcard published 1916

Blucher.

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Von Der Tann 20th March 1909 Scuttled 21st June 1919. at Scapa Flow and raised  in 1934 for scrap
Moltke  Class                       View Class
Moltke 7th April 1910 Scuttled at Scapa Flow 21st June 1919
Goeben 28th March 1911 Broken up 1971
 
Seydlitz 30th March 1912 Scuttled 21st June 1919. at Scapa Flow and raised  in 1934 for scrap
 
Hindenburg 1st August 1915 Scuttled 21st June 1919. at Scapa Flow and raised  in 1934 for scrap
Derflinger Class Battlecruiser
Derflinger 1st June 1913 Scuttled 21st June 1919. at Scapa Flow and raised  in 1934 for scrap
Lutzow 29th November 1913 Sunk 1st June 1916 at Jutland
Mackensen   Class
Mackensen 21st April1917 Broken up 1923 - 1924
Ersatz Freya 13th March 1920 to clear slipway  Broken up incomplete 1920 - 1922
Graf Spee 315th September 1917 Broken up incomplete 1921 - 1922
Ersatz A Broken up incomplete on Slipway  Broken up on slipway 1922