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WWI German Battleships
SMS Konig, Grosser Kurfurst
AS18, AS19, 1/700 OR 1/350 SCALE
1/700 - 42.95 or 1/350 69.95
Battleship Konig belonged to the number of the most
illustrious ships of Kaiser German Navy of WWI period.
The four sisterships of this
type - Konig, Gro▀er
Kurfurst, Markgraf and Kronprinz were built as the further
development of Kaiser dreadnoughts. These ships represented the last class of
305 mm armed German battleships. Their main
recognition feature was that all 5 turrets of main guns were installed in centerline of
the ships, identically to British battleships of Orion and King George
V type. The new vessels were named in honor of members of German governing dynasties. The first of her type,
Konig (the King), was laid down at Imperial
Shipyard in Wilhelmshaven 3.10.1911, launched 1.03.1913 and commissioned 9.08.1914.
Battleships of Konig type
were mighty vessels, excellently geared for North Sea conditions. These ships possessed
very good seaworthiness, but relatively small sea endurance. The hull, comparatively short
and breadth enough, allowed to install the thick armor and developed torpedo protection.
Until the Bayern and Baden battleships were commissioned in
1916-1917, the Konig type vessels were the most powerful ones in German
The four sisterships formed the
3rd Squadron of Open Sea Navy (Hochseeflotte). K÷nig
became the flagship of Rear Admiral Benke.
The 3rd Squadron of Battleships took part in all battle operations of Open Sea Navy
after the WWI started. One of the sorties caused the Battle of Jutland May 31 June 1, 1916, - the greatest and fierce sea
battle of WWI. K÷nig was the
leading vessel of the battle line of German Navy. The battleships of the 3rd Squadron
opened gunfire for demolition at 16:57. British battleships Warspite,
Valiant and Malaya were severely damaged. Also two destroyers were
About 18:00 the British squadron of armored cruisers get out from pea-soup fog and
suddenly engaged the German battlecruisers and Benke's battleships. The German gunfire
caused soon the bursting of armored cruiser Defence with Admiral Arbetnot and
all 900 men of crew. Armored cruisers Warrior and Black Prince
were damaged seriously.
The battle of the main forces
of German and British Navy started at 18:17. During the battle all the ships of 3rd
Squadron had a number of faults. Konig suffered from British gunfire
particularly. She received 10 main caliber and 5-6 smaller direct hits. The crew losses 45 killed and 27 wounded. The battleship took
about 1 600 tons of water. The upkeep of Konig
lasted until 21.07.1916.
In 1917 Konig was updated. The 88-mm guns were stripped
away from forecastle casemates. The new big- diameter foremast with central fire-control
station on it was installed.
Konig took part in Moonsund operation at Baltic
Sea against Russian Navy, September-October, 1917. During gunfire fight October, 17, at
Riga Bay K÷nig and her sistership
Kronprinz caused serious damages of Russian battleships Slava (7 direct hits) and Grazhdanin (2 hits).
After this battle Slava was burst and scuttled by her crew in Moonsund
The last sortie of Open Sea Navy during WWI was held April, 22, 1918. But Germans
had no fleet engagement with Britains.
After the armistice was signed the German Navy was interned by alliances at
Scapa-Flow, where almost all vessels, including all 4 Konig sisterships, were scuttled by their crews
June, 21, 1919. The remains of the K÷nig
hull are resting now with peace on the sea bed of the Scapa-Flow Harbour.
Specifications of Konig
174,7 / 175,7
- 8,33 / 9,19
15 water-tube boilers, 3 steam turbines
range, n.m. (at 12 kn.)
officers, 1095 enlisted men.
Aft. and Fwd. end belts
120 - 180
Main armored deck
Tapers of main armored deck
150 - 300
200 - 300
10x305 mm main guns SKL/50 C/08 in
five turrets (range of fire 20.400 m; ammunition 900 shots)
14x150 mm guns SKL/45 C/09 in casemates (range of fire 16.800 m; ammunition 2.240 shots)
6x88 mm guns SKL/35 C/06 in forecastle casemates (stripped away in 1917)
2 (later 4)x88 mm high-angle guns SKL/45 C/13 on poop deck ( ammunition 2.500 shots)
5x500 mm submerged torpedo tubes (ammunition 16
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