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Von Der Tann Cruiser

Germanys first battlecruiser, she is severely damaged at the battle of Jutland, all guns out of action, but makes it home. She will be scuttled at Scapa Flow in June 1918. Date: launched 1909

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Action Battlecruiser Cruiser Damaged Flow Germanys Guns Jutland Launched Makes Scapa Scuttled Severely Steam Ships


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This evocative photograph captures the damaged and battered hull of the Von der Tann, Germany's first battlecruiser, as it makes its way home from the Battle of Jutland in 1918. Launched in 1909, the Von der Tann was a formidable vessel, armed with a powerful battery of ten 28 cm (11 inch) guns and capable of reaching impressive speeds of up to 25 knots. However, during the Battle of Jutland on June 1, 1918, the ship sustained significant damage. All of its guns were put out of action, leaving it defenseless against the British fleet. Despite this, the Von der Tann managed to make it back to German waters, a testament to the resilience and determination of its crew. The photograph shows the battle-scarred cruiser, its once-pristine white hull now marred by the blackened marks of gunfire and the telltale signs of steam rising from its funnels. The flag still flies proudly from the mast, a symbol of German defiance in the face of adversity. However, the Von der Tann's story did not end there. In July 1918, with the war coming to an end, the German High Seas Fleet was ordered to surrender to the Allies. The Von der Tann, along with the rest of the fleet, was scuttled in Scapa Flow on June 21, 1918, to prevent it from falling into Allied hands. The photograph serves as a poignant reminder of the courage and sacrifice of the men who served on the Von der Tann and the other German warships, and the price paid in the First World War.

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