SMS Von Der Tann  Class (BC-1910)


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Germanys first true Battlecruisers were the Von Der Tann class ships.

These ships were the follow ons from the Manteuffel type armoured cruiser with its superfiring turrets. Much larger than the Manteuffel, the ships were over 620 feet and were a size with the British Indefatigable class, with better armour and speed.

For this scenario I build four of these ships, Von der Tann, Anhalt-Dessau, Goeben and Moltke, to this design. The next class then becomes the Prinz Adalbert, Seydlitz, Derfflinger, all in the Derfflinger layout with 8x12" replacing the 8x11" of this class, while the last two, Lutzow, Yorck, are built to the same hull as the Derfflinger class but armed with 6x13.75". The last pair of battlecruisers under construction at the end of WW1 were the Mackensen and Graf Spee. The extra ship in this class (Anhault-Desau) comes from the spare turrets available from mounting the turrets in the inline, superimposed method.

In the current Argentina listings, I use the original Von Der Tann as part of the Navy sourced after World War One. I feel another drawing for the Argentinians coming on.

Displacement: 22,500 tons normal, 26,250 tons full load
Dimensions: 622 x 90 x 29 feet
Machinery: 4 shaft, turbines, 80,000shp
Speed: 28 knots
Endurance: 8,000 nmi at 12 knots
Armour: 11" belt, 2" deck, 9.4"/4.1"/3.4" turrets
8 x 11" (4x2)
10 x 5.9" (10x1)
16 x 3.4" (16x1)
Torpedoes: 4 x 19.7" (4x1 submerged)
Crew: 1,120

In the blurb for the Germanic States Navy page I put it that for German aviation to be able to have more than just the original two carriers completed in 1938, with more being built, then a simple conversion of an older warship or merchantmen could be done so that the Germanic States Navy could be trialing the bits and pieces on the simple conversion which could be incorporated into new construction.

The Anhault-Desau would have been 20 years old and ready for the scrap heap when it could be reprieved to be converted to the Germanic States first aircraft carrier.


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