Bayern Class

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Die Geschichte der deutschen Schlachtschiffe der Bayern Klasse. Schlachtschiffe der Kaiserlichen Marine w?rend des ersten Weltkrieges.

History of the German Battleships of the Bayern class dreadnought battleships of the Imperial German Navy during world war I.

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Bayern 18th February 1915 Scuttled on 21st June 1919.
Baden 30th October 1915 Sunk after being used as a target ship on 16th August 1921.

SMS Bayern

BAYERN  Built by Howaldtswerke at Kiel and launched on the 18th February 1915, commissioned  on the 18th March 1916. Missed the Battle of Jutland . During the operation Albion  the Bayern was mined in the Gulf of Riga. This caused serious flooding in the Torpedo Rooms after this four torpedo tubes were removed.  Interned at Scapa Flow she was scuttled by her crew on the 21st June 1919 and raised in 1935 to be scrapped at Rosyth.

Bayern at Rosyth, 1935.  Sent in by Kenneth Whitehead

Bayern's inverted hull under tow, 1934.

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The scuttling of Bayern at Scapa Flow, 21st June 1919. Thanks to Dorian Jung.  

SMS Baden

BADEN  Built at Schichau at Danzig and launched on the 30th October 1915 and commissioned on the 19th October 1916. Missed the Battle of Jutland .Baden became fleet flagship in March 1917 when she entered the fleet. She was interned at Scapa Flow on the14th December 1918 and the crew attempted to Scuttle her on the 21st June 1919. But Failed she was finally beached by Royal naval Tugs.  Baden was used by the Royal navy for Gunnery practice and was sunk off Portsmouth.

Baden, 1919.

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Baden, 1919.

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Baden, 1919.

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Baden, 1919.

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SMS Baden, identified by Frank Kohlmann.  

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Frank Kohlmann's e-mail - This photograph can also be found in the book "Die Linienschiffe der Bayern-Klasse" by German authors Gerhard Koop and Klaus-Peter Schmolke. Sadly, they did not check their references and identified it as the Bayern. But  - as can be seen in the picture - the ship has an "Admirals bridge". Only Baden had an "Admirals bridge", as she was the Flagship of the High Seas Fleet.  Another identification is: Baden had her rafts on the turrets and Bayern had her rafts on A, X and Y Turrets but not on B-Turret. Inset she had hers on B-Barbette.

Baden readied as a target ship.

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Baden and Frankfurt

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Baden and Hindenburg

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BAYERN CLASS

Built as a response to the New Royal naval battleships of the Queen Elizabeth Class. and the Baden and Bayern were the first German battleships to have 15-inch guns which fired a 1,653  lb shell. Both missed the Battle of Jutland. Two other ships were also planned but not completed. The Wurttemberg ;launched 20th of june 1917 but work was stopped during 1917 and finally stricken in November 1919.  The Sachen was launched in November 1916 not completed and broken up in 1920.

The uncompleted WURTENBERG AND SACHSEN were both broken up on the slipways at Hamburg and Kiel.

BATTLESHIPS DETAILS

DISPLACEMENT 28,075 tins to 32,200 tons

DIMENSION  623ft (179.4m) x 99ft(30m) x 27.75ft (9.3m)

SPEED   21 knots to 22.25 knots 

ARMAMENT   EIGHT 15-inch guns in pairs in four turrets,  Sixteen 5.9 inch single guns,  Four 3.4 inch Single Anti Aircraft guns.  Plus Five submerged  24 inch  Torpedo Tubes