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SMS Von der Tann, 1910

Model by Thomas Schmid

This ship has also been modeled by Marsden Samuel (link)

Von der Tann was the belated German response to the Royal Navy's first battlecruiser, HMS Invincible. Perhaps in reaction to British disinformation as to the characteristics of Invincible as she was being constructed, the immediate German answer was the armored cruiser Blucher, whose 12 8.2" guns and VTE engines just did not make her a true battlecruiser. Realizing their error, the Germans stepped up and made a ship much like Invincible. In making Von der Tann, however, the Germans took the lead by introducing a design based on a higher standard of protection than the RN's battlecruisers without undue sacrifice in gun power or speed.

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