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World War 1 Naval Combat

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sms bremen Bremen Class.  They introduced to adopt the naming policy of using city names, a policy that was continued in subsequent classes.  SMS Lübeck was completed with turbines, unlike the rest of the class, and was the first major German warship with turbines.  This was used to enable comparative trials to be run.

SMS Bremen
Built Weser, Bremen, laid down August 1902, completed May 1904, cost 4,746,000 Marks.

SMS Hamburg
Built Vulcan, Stettin, laid down August 1902, completed March 1904, cost 4,706,000 Marks.

SMS Berlin
Built Danzig Navy Yard, laid down 1902, completed April 1905, cost 4,545,000 Marks.

SMS Lübeck
Built Vulcan, Stettin, laid down May 1903, completed April 1905, cost 5,436,000 Marks.

SMS München
Built Weser, Bremen, laid down August 1903, completed January 1905, cost 5,054,000 Marks

SMS Leipzig
Built Weser, Bremen, laid down July 1904, completed April 1906, cost 5,043,000 Marks

SMS Danzig
Built Danzig Navy Yard, laid down July 1904, completed February 1907, cost 4,828,000 Marks

Size:
Length 110.6 m waterline 111.1 m overall, beam 13.3, draught 5.53 m, displacement 3,278 tonnes  load 3,797 tonnes full load.

Propulsion:
2 shaft triple expansion engines, 10,000 ihp, 22 knots
Lübeck 2 shaft Parson turbines, 10,500 ihp, 22.5 knots

Trials:
Bremen 12,100ihp = 23.3 knots
Hamburg 11,582 ihp = 23.3 knots
Berlin 12,140 ihp = 23.3 knots
Lübeck 14,035 shp = 23.1 knots
München 12,205 = 23.3 knots
Leipzig 11,116 ihp = 22.1 knots
Danzig 12,022 ihp = 22.9 knots

Armour:
3-1in decks, 2in gun shields

Armament:
10 x 105mm (4.1in) SKL/ 40cal (10 x 1), 3 x (17.7in) TT

Comments:
Enlarged Gazelle class with a third funnel and slightly improved deck armour.   Crew 288.

World War 1 Service:
Bremen

Until May 1915 Under refit with four 4.1 inch guns replaced by 2 5.9 inch.
1915 Operated in Baltic.
17 December 1915 Sunk by mines.

Hamburg
August 1914 Command and accommodation ship for German submarines.
21 May 1915  Accidentally rams and sink sinks the torpedo boat S21.
31 May 1916 Took part in the Battle of Jutland as part of IV Scouting Group.
March 1917 Used as stationary command ship.
1944 Sunk during British air attack on Hamburg.

Berlin
1914 Part of coast defences of the German Bight.
1915-1916 Used as a minelayer carrying 80 mines.
1917 Decommissioned.
1947 Scuttled.

Lübeck
1914 Coast defence ship.
1917 Training ship.
Post war ceded to Britain and broken up from 1922 onwards.

München
IV Scouting Group.
31 May 1916 Took part in the Battle of Jutland. 
1918 Barrack ship.
Post war ceded to Britain and broken up early 1920s.

Leipzig
August 1914 off Mexican West coast  and then joined with Admiral Graf Spee.
1 November Took part in the Battle of Coronel.
8 December 1914 Sunk at the Battle of the Falkland Islands.

Danzig
1914 Coast defence.
28 August 1914 Took part in the Battle at Heligoland Bight.
18 May 1915  Damaged by mine.
December 1916 II Scouting Group.
June 1917 Training ship.
March 1918 Decommissioned.
Post war ceded to Britain and broken up early 1923.

SMS Bremen along with SMS Lübeck were re-armed during the war with 2 x 150mm (5.9in) guns replacing 4 x 105mm (4.1in) guns) as part of German acknowledgement that the 105mm gun lacked firepower against modern light cruisers. SMS bremen

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