British battleship H.M.S.Ramilles
Welcome to my new page devoted to those majestic behemoths of the sea, the Dreadnaught, or, as it's more commonly known, the battleship. During the World War 1 era, the number of battleships a country's navy had determined it's presence in the world. It was the rating system of Nations. It is these early battleships which I will discuss here.
German Battleship S.M.S.Konig circa 1915
Although the battleship was an integral part of the world's navies for the entire century, it reached the height of its power and prestiege early in its life, during the WW1 Battle of Jutland (1915) in the North Sea. The British and German Navies' battleships slugged it out to help decide the fate of the war. The Germans fought bravely; however, the merciless pounding of the Limey 12, 13, and 15 inch guns ended any chance they had to break the British blockade of Germany. An example of the ferocity of this battle can be seen in the case of the Kaiser's Battlecruiser S.M.S. Seydlitz
S.M.S Seydlitz- a model of the (intact!) battlecruiser.
Seydlitz afire after taking large-caliber hits during the battle.
Seydlitz after returning from the battle at anchor...note she is down hard at the bow,the many shell holes, demolished foward turret, and severe list to port.
S.M.S. Bayern circa 1916.
Bayern settling into the mud of Scapa Flow. A favorite picture of mine.
H.M.S. Warspite shelling German positions on D-Day, June 6th 1944.
H.M.S. Barnham listing heavily after taking torpedo hits.
The violent internal explosion which sent her to the bottom. A very famous picture.