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Die Geschichte der deutschen Schlachtschiffe Kaiserlichen Marine w?rend des ersten Weltkrieges und die Geschichte der deutschen Schlachtschiffe der Kriegsmarine w?rend des zweiten Weltkrieges

History of the German Battleships from 1906 Nassau class dreadnought battleships of the Imperial German Navy to the Bismarck and Tirpitz class battleship of the Kriegsmarine of world war II. 

Use side navigation bar for battleship class of interest. Thanks to Thomas Kathmann for the translation.

German Battleships at Sweinemude, September 1909.

To the right is one of the Wittelsbach Class ships, with six other battleships, of either the Deutschland or Braunschweig Classes.

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The German battle fleet in battle formation on maneuvers before the outbreak of World War I.

LIST OF GERMAN NAVAL PRE DREADNAUGHT AN DREADNOUGHT BATTLESHIPS BUILT BETWEEN 1860 AND 1945.

LAUNCHED NAME FATE
Friedrich Carl 16th January 1867 Broken up for scrap in 1906.

Friedrich Carl, 1867.

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Friedrich Carl, 1867.

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Kronprinz 6th May 1867 Hulked in 1901.

Kronprinz, 1867.

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Kronprinz, 1867.

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K?ig Wilhelm  25th April 1868 Sold for scrap in 1921.
Hansa 26th October 1872 Hulked in 1888.

Hansa, 1875.

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Grosser Kurf?st

Grosser Kurf?st 17th September 1875 Sank after colliding with another ship the Konig Wilhelm on 31st May 1878.

Grosser Kurfurst, launching, 1875.

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Friedrich der Grosse 20th September 1874 Hulked in 1906.

Friedrich Der Grosse on stocks, 1870.

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Friedrich Der Grosse on stocks, 1870.

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Preussen 22nd November 1873 Hulked in 1906.

Preussen on stocks, 1872.

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Preussen on stock, 1872.

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Kaiser Class

Kaiser 19th March 1874 Broken up for scrapping in 1920.

Kaiser, 1875.

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Kaiser. , Launched 19th March 1874 and commissioned into the German Fleet on the 13th February 1875. designated in 1897 as a heavy cruiser. served on colonial duties until 1899, and becoming on the 3rd May 1904 a harbour ship/ renamed Uranus on the 12th October 1905. Stricken 21st may 1921. becoming the accommodation ship for the crew of KMS Wurttemburg at Flensburg,  finally broken up in 1920 at Hamburg

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Deutschland 12th September 1874 Broken up for scrapping in 1909.
Sachsen Class
Sachsen 21st July 1877 Broken up for scrap in 1910.
Bayern 13th May 1878 Broken up for scrap in 1910.
W?temberg 9th November 1878 Broken up for scrap in 1920.
Baden 28th July 1880 Broken up for scrap in 1910.
Oldenburg  20th December 1884 Broken up for scrap in 1912.
Siegfried Class Coastal Defence Battleships
Siegfried 10th August 1889 Sold for scrapping in 1919.
Beowulf 8th November 1890 Sold for scrapping in 1919.
Frithjof 21st July 1891 Sold for scrapping in 1919.
Heimdall 27th July 1892 Sold for scrapping in 1919.
Hildebrand 6th August 1892 Sold for scrapping in 1919.
Hagen 21st October 1893 Sold for scrapping in 1919.
Odin 3rd November 1894 Sold for scrapping in 1919.
Agir 3rd April 1895 Sold for scrapping in 1919.
Brandenburg Class                          View Class
Kurf?st Friedrich Wilhelm 30th June 1891 To Turkey 12th September 1910
Brandenburg 21st September 1891 Stricken 13th May 1919, BU
Weissenburg 14th December 1891 To Turkey 12th September 1910
W?th 6th August 1892 Stricken 13th May 1919, BU
Kaiser Class                        View Class
Kaiser Friedrich III 31st July 1896 Stricken 6th December 1919, BU
Kaiser Wilhelm II 14th September 1897 Stricken 6th December 1919, BU
Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse 1st June 1899 Stricken 17th March 1921, BU
Kaiser Karl Der Grosse 18th October 1899 Stricken 6th December 1919, BU
Kaiser Barbarossa 21st April 1900 Stricken 6th December 1919, BU
Wittelsbach Class                 View Class
SMS Wittelsbach 3rd July 1900 Stricken 8th March 1921, BU
SMS Wettin 6th June 1901 Stricken 11th March 1920, BU

SMS Z?ringen

12th June 1901 Sunk by RAF Bombing 18th December 1944
SMS Schwaben 19th August 1901 Stricken 8th March 1921, BU
SMS Mecklenburg 9th November 1901 Stricken 25th January 1920, BU
Braunschweig Class               View Class
Braunschweig

20th December 1902

Stricken 31st March 1931, BU
Elsass

26th May 1903

Stricken 31st March 1931, BU
Hessen 18th September 1903 To USSR 1946
Preussen 30th October 1903 Stricken 5th April 1929, BU
Lothringen 27th May 1904 Stricken 31st March 1931, BU
Deutschland Class                    View Class
SMS Deutschland 19th November 1904 BU 1920-22
SMS Hannover

29th September 1905

BU 1944-46
SMS Pommern 2nd December 1905 Torpedoed 1st June 1916
SMS Schlesien 28th May 1906 Scuttled 5th May 1945
 Schleswig-Holstein 7th December 1906 Bombed 18th December 1944
Nassau Class                       View Class
SMS Westfalen 1st July 1908 Scrapped at Birkenhead 1924
SMS Nassau 7th March 1908 Scrapped in Dordrecht 1920.
SMS Posen 12th December 1908 Scrapped in Dordrecht 1921.
SMS Rheinland  26th September 1908 Scrapped in Dordrecht 1922.
Helgoland Class                      View Class
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.

Kaiser Class               View Class

Kaiser 22nd February 1911 Scuttled on 21st June 1919
Friedrich Der Grosse 10th June 1911 Scuttled on 21st June 1919
Kaiserin 11th November 1911 Scuttled on 21st June 1919
Konig Albert 27th March 1912 Scuttled on 21st June 1919
Prinzregent Luitpold 17th February 1912 Scuttled on 21st June 1919
K?ig Class                    View Class
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.
Bayern Class                   View Class
Bayern 18th February 1915 Scuttled on 21st June 1919.
Baden 30th October 1915 Sunk after being used as a target ship on 16th August 1921.
Sachsen Class
Sachen 21st November 1916 Ship was never completed and finally broken up 1921
Wurttemburg 20th June 1917 Ship was never completed and finally broken up 1921.

       BATTLECRUISERS

Von Der Tann 20th March 1909 Scuttled 21st June 1919. at Scapa Flow and raised  in 1934 for scrap
Moltke  Class                View Class
Moltke 7th April 1910 Scuttled at Scapa Flow 21st June 1919
Goeben 28th March 1911 Broken up 1971
 
Seydlitz 30th March 1912 Scuttled 21st June 1919. at Scapa Flow and raised  in 1934 for scrap
 
Hindenburg 1st August 1915 Scuttled 21st June 1919. at Scapa Flow and raised  in 1934 for scrap
Derflinger Class                    View Class
Derflinger 1st June 1913 Scuttled 21st June 1919. at Scapa Flow and raised  in 1934 for scrap
Lutzow 29th November 1913 Sunk 1st June 1916 at Jutland
Mackensen   Class                View Class
Mackensen 21st April 1917 Broken up 1923 - 1924
Ersatz Freya 13th March 1920 to clear slipway  Broken up incomplete 1920 - 1922
Graf Spee 315th September 1917 Broken up incomplete 1921 - 1922
Ersatz A Broken up incomplete on Slipway  Broken up on slipway 1922
BATTLESHIPS AND BATTLE CRUISERS AND POCKET BATTLESHIPS BUILT AFTER WW1
Bismarck Class                    View Class
Bismarck 14th February 1939 Sunk on 27th May 1941.
Tirpitz 1st April 1939 Sunk on 12th November 1944.

Scharnhorst Class           View Class

Scharnhorst 30th June 1936 Sunk on 26th December 1943.
Gneisenau 8th December 1936 Scuttled on 28th March 1945.
Deutschland Class   Pocket Battleships            View Class 
Deutschland 19th May 1931 Scuttled on 4th May 1945.
Admiral Scheer 1st April 1933 Sunk on 9th April 1945.
Admiral Graf Spee 30th June 1934 Scuttled on 17th December 1939.
Hipper Class  Heavy Cruisers            View Class
Admiral Hipper 6th February 1937 Scuttled in May 1945.
Bl?her 8th June 1937 Sunk on 9th April 1940.

Prinz Eugen 22nd August 1938 Sunk on 22nd December 1946.
Lutzow 1st July 1939 Sold to Russia 1940. bombed at Leningrad 1941/1942
Seydlitz 19th January 1939 1942 work started to convert to aircraft carrier, never completed and Finally Scuttled at Konigsberg 10th may 1945
 

Moltke, Von Der Tann, Hindenburg and Derfflinger, 1919.

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German Battleships at Kiel.

The two ships with the trunked funnels are Schlesien and Schleswig Holstein.  At least one of the others is a Braunschweig class ship, although one may be SMS Hannover.  - Thanks to Dorian Jung.

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The guns of a German battleship.

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