Konig Class

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

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

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K?ig  1st March 1913 Scuttled on 21st June 1919.
Grosser Kurf?st 5th May 1913 Scuttled on 21st June 1919.
Markgraf 4th June 1913 Scuttled on 21st June 1919.
K?ig Albert 27th April 1912 Built at Schichau at Danzig and launched on the 27th April 1912, and commissioned on the 19th August 1913. Served at the Battle of Jutland and after the War was interned at Scapa Flow where her crew scuttled her on the 21st June 1919. Eventually raised on the 31st July 1935 and scrapped at Rosyth.Scuttled on 21st June 1919.
Kronprinz 21st February 1914 Scuttled on 21st June 1919.
SMS Konig

Konig.

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Konig, 1919.

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KONIG  built by Wilhelmshaven Dock Yard and launched on the 1st of March 1913 and commissioned on the 13th of August 1914, First of the German battleships to have a main turret sited amidships. Was at the Battle of Jutland  and sustained damage from  one 15 -inch shell and  nine 13.5 -inch shells. The worst damage came from a 13.5 inch shell which hit  the 7-inch extreme edge of the belt which made a 7 feet whole, and the shell traveled through 6.5 fete of coal and into a 5.5 -inch ammunition room.   The Konig also took part in Operation Albion in October off the Russian Coast, she was engaged in a battle with her sister ship Kronprinz against Russian Units in the Bay of Riga.  After the armistice she was interned at Scapa and was scuttled by her crew on the 21st June 1919,  Salvage rights were only granted in 1962. But it still remains at Scapa Flow
SMS Grosser Kurfurst
GROSSER KURFURST.  Built by A G Vulcan, at Hamburg and launched on the 5th of May 1913 being commissioned on the 30th July 1914. Took part in the Battle of Jutland , being hit by  five 15-inch shells,  three 13.5 -inch shells. and  on the 5th of November 1916 was torpedoes by the Royal naval submarine J1 off the Danish Coast.  In March 1917 Grosser Kurfurst and Kronprinz collided in the Heligoland but both returned to service at the end of April 1917. Took part in the Operation Albion but was mined off the Russian coast. After the Armistice she was interned at Scapa and was scuttled by her crew on the 21st June 1919, later raised in April 1938 and scrapped at Rosyth.

Grosser Kurfurst.

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SMS Markgraf
MARKGRAF, Built by A G Weser at Bremen and launched on the 4th June 1913 and commissioned on the 1st October 1914.  Took part in the Battle of Jutland and sustained some damage by shell fire.  by three 15 inch shells,  1one 13.5 inch shell and one 12 - inch shell. After the armistice she was interned at Scapa and scuttled by her crew on the 21st June 1919, Salvage rights were only granted in 1962. but she remains at Scapa Flow

Markgraf, photographed 21st November 1918.

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Markgraf, 1919.

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Markgraf.  Sent in by George Needham

Markgraf.  

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K?IG ALBERT (pictured above in November 1918 

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Kronprinz, 1919.

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KRONPRINZ WILHELM  (RENAMED FROM KRONPRINZ) Built at Germaniawerft at Kiel and launched on the 21st February 1914, commissioned on the 8th November 1914.  Kronprinz was torpedoed by J1 on the 5th November 1916 but only little damage was caused. The Only Battleship of this class not to be involved at the Battle of Jutland . Kronprinz collided with Grosser Furfurst at Heligoland in March 1917, but returned to service in April 1917. renamed Kronprinz Wilhelm by order of the Kaiser on the 27th January 1918.   Arrived at Scapa Flow to be interned on 6th December 1918 but scuttled by her crew on the 21st June 1919 Salvage rights were granted in 1962 but still remains at Scapa Flow.
 

KONIG CLASS BATTLESHIPS

First German battleships to have all main turrets on a center line,  The Konig class had better armour protection than their predecessors as well as British battleships at the time.

BATTLESHIP DETAILS

DISPLACEMENT.  25,390 TONS, TO 28,600 TONS

SPEED 21 TO 23 KNOTS    RANGE 8,000 NM AT 12 KNOTS,  4,000 NM AT 18 KNOTS

DIMENSIONS 580FT(174.7M) X 97FT (29.5M) X 28.5FT(9.2M)

ARMAMENT  TEN 12 -INCH GUNS IN PAIRS IN FIVE TURRETS.  FOURTEEN 5.9 INCH SINGLE GUNS  AND EIGHT 3.4 INCH SINGLE GUNS  AND FOUR 3.4 INCH ANTI AIRCRAFT GUNS .  FIVE TORPEDO TUBES BELOW WATERLINE