Deutchland Class

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Deutschland Class heavy Cruisers  of the German Kriegsmarine. The Deutschland, Admiral Graff Spee, and Admiral Scheer,  The Treaty of Versailles allowed Germany to build warships with a maximum displacement of 10,000 tons, and a maximum gun calibre of 11 - inch. The reasoning behind the allies to allow this size of ship is that it was thought that only ships capable of Coastal defence could be built under 10,000 tons. But with major changes to ship building, Engines becoming diesel and the change to Electric Wielding, a new form of major ship appeared, Smaller than the worlds navies "Capital Ships" these new "Pocket battleships" with heavy fire power but thin armour which allowed these ships greater speed and were perfect for the role of Merchant raider emerged.  They were given the name of Panzerschiffe or Armoured ships by Germany. but in 1940 with the restriction of the Versailles Agreements totally forgotten, these ships were re-classed as heavy cruisers.  

Displacement  (Deutschland 11,700 tons)  Admirasl Scheer and Admiral Graf Spee 12,100 tons Speed: 26 knots,  range 19,000 Miles at 19 Knots. Compliment: 1150  Armament: Six 11-inch Guns,  Eight 5.9 - inch Guns   six 4.1 - inch Guns (AA)  Eight 37mm Guns AA (4 x 2) and a addition of twenty Eight 20mm AA (14 x 2) guns   Eight 21inchh Torpedo Tubes (2 x 4)  and two aircraft  

Deutschland renamed Lutzow 19th May 1931 Scuttled on 4th May 1945.
Admiral Scheer 1st April 1933 Sunk on 9th April 1945.
Admiral Graf Spee 30th June 1934 Scuttled on 17th December 1939.

Deutschland 

Deutschland was renamed Lutzow in February 1940,  (as Hitler did not want the chance of losing a ship carrying the name of Deutchland)  Built by Deutsche Werke at Kiel and laid down on 5th February 1929,  launched 19th May 1931. and completed on the 1st April 1933.  The Deutschland was part of the Non intervention Patrol during the Spanish Civil war.  She was bombed by Spanish Government Aircraft on 29th May 1937. With the outbreak of world war two. On the 24th August 1939 she sailed for the Atlantic sinking two ships total tonnage of 6,902 tons. Returning to Germany  in November 1939 for a overhaul. Took part in the Norwegian Campaign in 1940. On the 31swt December 1942 along with Admiral Hipper attacked The arctic Convoy during the Battle of Barents sea. In 1944 she became part of the training squadron in the Baltic and supported the army. She was bombed and badly damaged at Swinemunde on the 16th April1 1945 and finally blown up and scuttled on the 4th May 1945.

Deutschland, 1933.

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Deutschland, 1933.

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Deutschland, 1933.

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Deutschland, 1933.

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The pocket battleship Deutschland which later became the Lutzow. 

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Deutschland Photograph sent in by Gary Fletcher.

One of the Deutschland Class Cruisers, thought to be Deutschland.

Admiral Scheer

Built by Wilhemshaven Naval yard and laid down on the 25th June 1931 and launched 1st April 1933 completed 12th November 1934  Served in the Non Interventio0n patrol during the Spanish civil war.  During world war two in 1940 she went into refit and had her heavily armored control tower removed and replaced with a light type of mast similar to the Deutschland's. She was also given a funnel cap so she resembled the Hipper class.  She Operated in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans  sinking  17 ships with a total tonnage of 113,223 tons. also on the 5th November 1940 she sank Armed merchant Cruiser Jervis bay. and in march 1941 when she returned to Germany. went to Norwegian waters in 1942, and in 1943 went to the Baltic as part of the training squadron. in 1944 she supported the army in the Baltic and was bombed at Kiel by the |Royal Air Force and Capsized on the 9th April 1945.  The Wreck was later buried when the Basin was filled in. 

Admiral Scheer, 1934.

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Admiral Scheer, 1934.

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Admiral Scheer

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Admiral Scheer with the Cruiser Koln.

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Admiral Scheer before 1940 rebuild

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Admiral Scheer

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Admiral Scheer

Admiral Scheer.  Photograph sent in by Gary Fletcher.

 

Admiral Scheer after 1940 rebuild 

The treaty of Versailles allowed Germany to build warships of a maximum displacement of 10,000 tons. it was expected with this size limit Germany could only build ships for Her coastal protection. But in fact. with a slight increase in weight to 11,700 tons, (not known to the world at that time) a very effeciant long rnage surface raider with light armour but heavily armed was built.