Helgoland Class

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

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

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HELGOLAND CLASS DREADNAUGHTS

The first three ships were ordered in the 1908 Budget and completed in 1911 - 1912. First German battleships to be armed with 12 inch main guns, More space than the Westfalen class, a greater beam allowed the Turrets to be placed further inboard which gave more protection to the magazines. between 1915 to 1917, the 3.4 inch guns were removed and replaced with four 3.4 inch  Anti aircraft guns.

Displacement   22,800 TONS, TO 24,700 TONS

DIMENSIONS 546FT (166M) X 93.5FT(28.5M) X 27.5FT(8.9M)

SPEED 20.5 KNOTS TO 21 KNOTS

ARMAMENT  TWELVE 12-INCH GUNS IN PAIRS IN SIX TURRETS.  FOURTEEN 5.9INCH SINGLE GUNS, AND  FOURTEEN  3.4INCH SINGLE GUNS   LATER IN 1917 THE 3.4 INCH GUNS REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH  TWO TO FOUR 3.4 INCH ANTI AIRCRAFT GUNS. SIX 20 INCH TORPEDO TUBES (SUBMERGED).       

COMPLIMENT OF 1100 TO 1390  (1284 to 1390 during the Battle of Jutland ) 

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Helgoland 25th September 1909 Scrapped at Morecambe 1924
Thuringen 27th November 1909 Scrapped at Lorient 1922
Ostfriesland 30th September 1909 sunk on 21st July 1921 by US bombs off Cape Henry.
Oldenburg 30th June 1910 Scrapped in Dordrecht 1921.

SMS Thuringen

THURINGEN  Built at A.G Weser at Bremen and launched on the 27th November 1909, and commissioned on the 1st July 1911. Took part in the Battle of Jutland , Stricken in November 1919, given to France as was reparation, transferred to Cherbourg on the 29th April 1920.  There are two different conflicting reports of her final end.  either scrapped at Lorient 1922, or used as a target ship by the French and finally scrapped in 1933.

Thuringen.

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Thuringen.

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SMS Thuringen Photo sent in by Carol Geeves

Thuringen.  Sent in by David Lockhart.

SMS Ostfriesland

OSTFRIESLAND  Built at Wilhelmshaven Dock Yard and launched on the30th September 1909. and commissioned on the 1st August 1911. Took part in the Battle of Jutland   but hit a mine while returning to port after the battle on the 1st June 1916 ( damage below the starboard wing turret ) she could travel at 15knots but this was again reduced to 10 knots when Ostfriesland  a sharp turn to avoid an imaginary submarine.   surrendered to the United States and was used as a target ship for aerial bombing and was sunk, (The first battleship to be sunk by Aerial Bombing)  she was hit by seventeen bombs four of the bombs were between 500 LB and 1,000 LB  and sunk off Cape Henry USA. 21st July 1921

SMS Ostfriesland.

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SMS Oldenburg

OLDENBURG   Built by Schichau, Danzig  and launched on the 30th June 1910, and commissioned on the 1st May 1912.  Olden burg was the fastest on the class and took part on the 31st May 1916   Battle of Jutland  and Stricken on the 5th November 1919. Given to Japan as part of war reparations, but was sold back to Britain for scrapping and scrapped at Dordrecht 1921.

Oldenburg.

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Oldenburg.

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Oldenburg.

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The Crew of the Oldenburg.

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HELGOLAND CLASS DREADNAUGHTS

The first three ships were ordered in the 1908 Budget and completed in 1911 - 1912. First German battleships to be armed with 12 inch main guns, More space than the Westfalen class, a greater beam allowed the Turrets to be placed further inboard which gave more protection to the magazines. between 1915 to 1917, the 3.4 inch guns were removed and replaced with four 3.4 inch  Anti aircraft guns.

BATTLESHIP DETAILS

WEIGHT  24,380 TONS, TO 24,700 TONS

DIMENSIONS 546FT (166M) X 93.5FT(28.5M) X 27.5FT(8.9M)

SPEED 20.5 KNOTS TO 21 KNOTS

ARMAMENT  TWELVE 12-INCH GUNS IN PAIRS IN SIX TURRETS.  FOURTEEN 5.9INCH SINGLE GUNS, AND  FOURTEEN  3.4INCH SINGLE GUNS   LATER IN 1917 THE 3.4 INCH GUNS REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH  TWO TO FOUR 3.4 INCH ANTI AIRCRAFT GUNS. SIX 20 INCH TORPEDO TUBES (SUBMERGED).       

COMPLIMENT OF 1100 TO 1390  (1284 to 1390 during the Battle of Jutland )