Germany's First Battlecruiser - SMS Von der Tann
Laid down in 1909 just as HMS Invincible was commissioning, SMS Von der Tann was destined to be the workhorse of the German Scouting Squadron. From the early raids on the East coast of England to Jutland and beyond, SMS Von der Tann was in the thick of the action, accounting well for herself. SMS Von der Tann is credited with sinking the battlecruiser HMS Indefatigable at Jutland in June 1916. But even before her construction was started, the design of her successor had begun - the Moltke-class.
Plans and Construction
Line Drawing - Side View (Koop)
Line Drawing - Side View (Greger)
Line Drawing - Top and Side Views (Greger)
Line Drawing - Side View (Gröner)
Project Name: Heavy Cruiser F
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Laid Down: March 25, 1908
Launched: March 20, 1909
Commissioned: February 19, 1911
Sunk: June 21, 1919 (scuttled at Scapa Flow)
Displacement: 19,370 tonnes (designed) / 21,300 tonnes (maximum)
Dimensions (meters): 171.7 (overall) x 26.6 x 9.17
Dimensions (feet): 566.61 (overall) x 87.78 x 30.26
# of Shafts: 4
# of Blades: 3 (3.6m diameter)
# of Rudders: 2 (side by side)
Max Speed/Range: 24.8 kts / 4,400 nm at 14 kts
Main Battery: Eight 280mm (11")/45 caliber - 4 twin turrets
Secondary Battery: Ten 150mm (5.9")/45 caliber - 10 casement mounts
Anti-Torpedo Boat / Anti-Aircraft Battery: Sixteen 12cm QF guns and Four 88mm (3.5")/45 caliber - single mounts
Torpedo Tubes: Four 45cm tubes (all underwater - one bow, one stern, one mounted on each side just forward of "Anton" turret)
Complement: 41 officers and 882 enlisted (as designed)
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