German Battleships 1914-18 (2): Kaiser, König and Bayern by Gary Staff

By Gary Staff

Supported by means of reliable records, own bills, legitimate drawings and especially commissioned art, this quantity is an informative background of the foremost periods Kaiser, König and Bayern that shaped the spine of the German Imperial army all through global battle I, detailing the technological revolution that had taken position to let the construction of those huge dreadnought classes.

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German Battleships 1914-18 (2): Kaiser, König and Bayern classes (New Vanguard, Volume 167)

Supported through reputable files, own bills, respectable drawings and in particular commissioned paintings, this quantity is an informative background of the major sessions Kaiser, König and Bayern that shaped the spine of the German Imperial military all through global warfare I, detailing the technological revolution that had taken position to let the construction of those huge dreadnought sessions.

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Just as with all battleships since Kaiser, the belt was 350mm thick, but the citadel armour was increased in thickness to 250mm. The turrets and barbettes had greatly thickened armour. Yet from the belief that battles would be fought at reduced ranges, the deck armour was not as thick as in contemporary navies. Visibility ahead from the heavily armoured forward conning tower was not good, as to save weight and reduce the centre of gravity this was of minimum height. The foreship of this class was bigger essentially for two reasons: to provide buoyancy for the greater weight concentrated in the foreship, being two 38cm turrets and the heavily armoured conning tower, and to provide space for the launching and storage of the larger H8 torpedoes.

On 5 - 6 March and 2 1 - 2 2 April, Konig took part in the fleet advances without special occurrences, and on 2 4 - 2 5 April 1916 was part of the supporting force for the coastal raid by I AG to bombard Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. From 1 to 8 May, Konig then went to the Baltic for training, including torpedo practice in the Mecklenburg Bight. Konig took part in the Skagerrak battle on 31 May, and as the leading ship of the German line was engaged in the heaviest fighting. Highlights of the battle were: • 31 May 1746hrs - Konig opens fire on Lion, then Tiger and later Barbam.

After the outbreak of war, however, it was ordered on 2 August to complete Sachsen with the same engine plant as the others of this class. Bayern was equipped with two parallel rudders, each operated by identical steam rudder engines driving each rudder by a spindle screw drive. Each drive could also be operated by hand. A desalination plant could produce 300 tonnes of fresh water per day, more than adequate for feed water, drinking and washing water. The electrical system was powered by four turbo-generators each providing 400kW and two diesel generators providing 300-400kW at 225 volts.

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