This engagement was to be a recreation of the Battle of Doggerbank (off the coast of Norway on the 23rd./24th. January 1915)
The German fleet of 3 Battle-cruisers and the armoured cruiser Blucher together with 4 light cruisers were to attack any British light forces in the area. However the Brits had broken the German code and had sailed within half an hour of the Germans leaving their base and went to meet them.
In our battle the armoured cruiser Blucher had been substituted for another Battle-cruiser (Von Der Tann), There were 5 British Battle-cruisers Lion, Tiger, Princess Royal, New Zealand and the Indomitable. 4 Light cruisers Southampton, Birmingham, Nottingham and Lowesoft. together with a number of destroyers.
The Germans were to have 5 Battle-cruisers as well, the Seydlitz, Moltke, Derfflinger, Lutzow and Von Der Tann, with 4 Light cruisers Graudenz, Rostock, Kolberg and Stralsund, just to even up the numbers, however I was advised that the Germans were utilizing only 4 Battle-cruisers, There were 2 German SDS (Ship Damage Summary) sheets missing at the end of the day,the Moltke and the Lutzow and I did notice that the Van Der Tann was sitting in the carry box for most of the day, however it had an SDS listing 2 hull damage on it's sheet. Probably a cunning German plan to fool the Kaiser.There were 4 German battle-cruisers on the table.
I was told by Admiral Bryan (Seydlitz) that he had issued the wrong orders into which direction his ships were to sail, so from the very start the German fleet was on the back-foot, and at the end of the day it was a stunning British victory, with 3 German Battle-cruisers being sunk ( Seydlitz, Derfflinger and either the Moltke or the Lutzow) one of these was to escape. The only British Battle-cruiser to sink was the Princess Royal
Historically the Germans had only lost the Blucher at the actual battle but were to get their revenge for that loss at Jutland in 1916 where the British Battle cruisers were to lose 3 of theirs (Queen Mary, Indefatigable and the Invincible)
Many thanks to Greg, David and Robert (the Brits) and to Steve, Lawrence and Bryan (Germans) who made it look like a pretty awesome battle.
|SMS Von Der Tann leading SMS Moltke|
|The Moltke, Derfflinger in centre being straddled by British 13.5" shells with the Seydlitz at the rear.|
|A littte blurred, however Light cruisers ( Friend or foe ????)|
|British Light cruisers Nottingham, Southampton and Lowesoft|
|HMS Lion, Princess Royal and the Indomitable|
|German TBD's making waves|
|German TBD's attempting to launch torpedo attacks on HMS New Zealand|
|Derfflinger being straddled|
|German Light cruisers SMS Graudenz following SMS Stralsund. The Stralsund and the Kolberg suffered heavy damage in today's battle and were lucky to survive.|
|Tiger being straddled leading Lion|
|Princess Royal, the only British Battle-cruiser to be sunk today|
Victory to the British.