Von der Tann

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

History of the German Battleships of the Von der Tann class dreadnought battleships of the Imperial German Navy during world war I.

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VON DER TANN Battle Cruiser of the German navy  built by Blohm and Voss of Hamburg, and launched 20th March 1909 and commissioned 20th February 1911 took part in the Battle of Jutland  and sunk the British battleship HMS Indefatigable. she sustained some damage from  four 15-inch shells and two 13.5 inch shells but all repairs were finished by the 2nd August 1916. she as interned at Scapa Flow on 24th November 1918 where her crew scuttled her on the 21st June 1919.  She was raised on the 7th December 1930 and scrapped at Rosyth in 1934. 

VON DER TANN DETAILS

Displacement  19,400 tons to 21,300 tons

Speed 24.8 knots to 28 knots  (on trial reached 27.8 knots)

Dimensions 563ft(171.5m) x 87ft(26.6m) x 27.75ft(9.1m)

ARMAMENT  Eight 11-inch Guns in Pairs in four turrets, Ten 5.9 inch single guns, sixteen 3.4-inch single guns and Four 18-inch Torpedo tubes all submerged. in 1916 four 88mm anti aircraft guns added.

Crew. 910 to 1170

Von Der Tann 20th March 1909 Scuttled 21st June 1919. at Scapa Flow and raised  in 1934 for scrap

Von Der Tann, 1911.

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Battle Cruiser Von Der Tann.   Submitted by email

Von Der Tann.

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Von der Tann 

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Von Der Tann

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U9 viewed from Von Der Tann

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Von Der Tann.

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Photograph taken after the German Fleet was scuttled on 21st June 1919. 

Identified as the Von Der Tann by Stuart Haller:   Only Von Der Tann has the broken deck edge near the bow which are indicative of gun sponsons.  Also note the relatively short hull.  (2nd Email from Stuart). It is true that Von der tann sank beneath the waves, but what is not considered here is that many of the ships were photographed as they were sinking. The jagged edge near the bow are the gun sponsons of Von der Tann, which are not on Seydlitz. The Hull is also to short for Seydlitz 

Identified as Seydlitz.   Email message :  I understand why people think this is Von Der Tann.  but the broken deck edge referred to by Stuart Haller doesn't come from a "gun sponson," it comes from a raised forecastle deck, which both Seydlitz and Von Der Tann had. The simple fact, however, is that seydlitz was the only capital ship to turn on her side, and one of only three to remain visible after scuttling.  the only other capital ships to remain visible above the surface of Scapa were Hindenburg, Baden (as she was beached) and just a bit of Moltke at low tide.  Von Der Tann turned upside down and sank completely, unlike seydlitz.   To solve this conclusively, see "jutland to junkyard," by s.c. George, which contains a description of how Von Der Tann was raised.  it's a fascinating book.

Previously identified as the Von Der Tann by Stuart Haller:   Only Von Der Tann has the broken deck edge near the bow which are indicative of gun sponsons.  Also note the relatively short hull.  (2nd Email from Stuart). It is true that Von der tann sank beneath the waves, but what is not considered here is that many of the ships were photographed as they were sinking. The jagged edge near the bow are the gun sponsons of Von der Tann, which are not on Seydlitz. The Hull is also to short for Seydlitz 

There is obviously a difference of opinion on this photograph.  Many people have emailed us identifying this ship arguing that it is either Von der Tann or Seydlitz, however, based on the above email, we have now placed it on the Seydlitz page.   

VON DER TANN Battle Cruiser of the German navy  built by Blohm and Voss of Hamburg, and launched 20th March 1909 and commissioned 20th February 1911 took part in the Battle of Jutland and sunk the British battleship HMS Indefatigable. she sustained some damage from  four 15-inch shells and two 13.5 inch shells but all repairs were finished by the 2nd August 1916. she as interned at Scapa Flow on 24th November 1918 where her crew scuttled her on the 21st June 1919.  She was raised on the 7th December 1930 and scrapped at Rosyth in 1934. 

VON DER TANN DETAILS

Displacement  19,400 tons to 21,300 tons

Speed 24.8 knots to 28 knots  (on trial reached 27.8 knots)

Dimensions 563ft(171.5m) x 87ft(26.6m) x 27.75ft(9.1m)

ARMAMENT  Eight 11-inch Guns in Pairs in four turrets, Ten 5.9 inch single guns, sixteen 3.4-inch single guns and Four 18-inch Torpedo tubes all submerged. in 1916 four 88mm anti aircraft guns added.

Crew. 910 to 1170