7 December 1906 to 19 December 1944
11 June 1904
Krupp Germaniawerft AG
18 August 1905
7 December 1906
6 July 1908
13,191 tons standard 14,218 tons full
3 × shafts 3 cylinder expansion engines
producing up to 19,330 hp,
4,800 nautical miles at 10 knots
742 men and officers
14 × 17 cm L/40 SK L/40 range 14,500 m
carried 1,820 rounds
4 × 28 cm L/40 SK L/40 range 18,800 m
carried 340 rounds
10 × 15 cm L/45 SK L/45
2 × 8.8 cm L/35 SK L/35
carried 2,800 rounds
4 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
22 × 2 cm L/83 SK C/30
6 × 45 cm torpedo tubes
16 torpedo's carried
Belt 230 mm Deck 76 mm Turrets 280mm
The Schleswig Holstein was a German battleship that fought
in both the World Wars. It is rumoured to have fired the first
shots of World War II by bombarding at the Polish base at
Westerplatte on 1 September 1939.
6 July 1908
The Schleswig Holstein is commissioned.
1 September 1939
At 4.45 am The Schleswig Holstein opens fire on the Polish
garrison at Westerplatte which lasted 7 days.
8 April 1940
The Schleswig Holstein takes part in operation Weserübung
(Invasion of Denmark and Norway) along with motor torpedo
boats and fishing boats. The Schleswig Holstein also carried
troops on board from Eckernförde Bight.
9 April 1940
The Schleswig Holstein lands Troop at Nyborg.
The Schleswig Holstein is used along Schlesien and the 6th
E-Boat Flotilla, for mine laying operations in the Baltic
Sea to prevent a Russian breakthrough of ships to Britain.
1941 to 1944
The Schleswig Holstein is used as a training ship and barracks.
The Schleswig Holstein is used as AA batterie equipped with
more AA guns.
19 December 1944
The Schleswig Holstein is attacked in an air raid and was
hit three times and partially sinks.
20 December 1944
The Schleswig Holstein is still on fire.
25 January 1945
The Schleswig Holstein is removed from fleet list.
21 March 1945
The Schleswig Holstein crew, places scuttling charges.
The Schleswig Holstein is raised by the Russians and towed
29 September 1946
The Schleswig Holstein is is used as a dormitory ship for
a short time.
The Schleswig Holstein is scuttled in shallow water near Odsmussar
island and used as an airforce target ship.
German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
German warships of the Second World War.
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