(BB) Bismarck Class

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(BB) Bismarck Class

Post  Hunterman009 on Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:32 pm

Specifications:

Type: Battleship
Displacement: 41,700 t standard;
50,900 t full load
Length: 241.6 metres (792.7 ft) waterline
251 metres (823.5 ft) overall
Beam: 36 metres (118.1 ft)
Draught: 9.3 metres (30.5 ft) standard
10.2 metres (33.5 ft) full load
Propulsion: 12 Wagner superheated boilers;
3 Blohm & Voss geared turbines;
3 three-blade propellers, 4.70 m diameter
150.170 shaft horsepower (0.111982 MW)
Speed: 30 knots (35 mph; 56 km/h) trials
Complement: 2,200+ (officers, non-commissioned officers,

Armament:

Armament: 8 × 38 cm (15 in) SK C/34 (4 × 2)
12 × 15 cm (5.9 in) (6 × 2)
16 × 10.5 cm (4.1 in) SK C/33 (8 × 2)
16 × 3.7 cm SK C/30 (8 × 2)
20 × 2.0 cm (20 × 1)
Aircraft carried: 4, with 1 double-ended catapult

History:[/b]

The Bismarck-class battleships were a pair of battleships built by Germany around the onset of World War II. In terms of full-load displacement, the Bismarck-class ships were the fourth-largest battleships ever completed, behind the Japanese Yamato-class, the American Iowa-class and the Royal Navy's HMS Vanguard. According to the pre-war German naval program, Plan Z, the Bismarcks were to operate in the Kriegsmarine`s battleline along with six of the H-class battleships and the Scharnhorst class[Note 1] in the event of war. As the planned H-class battleships were nowhere near completion when hostilities commenced, and were eventually broken up, the Bismarcks were then reassigned to attack merchant shipping.

Both Bismarck-class ships were lost during the Second World War. Bismarck was scuttled or sunk during combat with the Royal Navy in the North Atlantic in 1941 on its first sortie against merchant shipping. The Tirpitz was hidden for most of her career in Norwegian fjords, acting as a Fleet in being, threatening the Murmansk convoys. The RN and RAF made numerous attempts to sink her, and she eventually capsized and sank at her mooring after being hit with Tallboy bombs from Royal Air Force bombers in late 1944.

This information and more can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bismarck_class_battleship
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