Monday, February 17, 2020

Next project ~ SMSs Roon and Yorck

I'm slowly building up the forces for either side in the fictional/alternate history naval campaign set in 1906 between Britain and Germany. The next project will be the German armoured cruisers Roon and Yorck.
Roon passing through the Keil canal sometime in the first decade of the 20th century.

The pair were completed in 1905, displaced around 10,000 tons and had main armament of four 8.25" guns mounted in twin turrets, and ten 5.9" secondary guns. Roon took part in several actions during the First World War, including the raids on Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby. Yorck was less fortunate. She took part in the raid on Great Yarmouth on November 3rd 1914, but on the return voyage she strayed off course in heavy fog and ran into a German defensive minefield. She subsequently hit one or more mines and sank quickly with heavy loss of life.

In the campaign both ships will be brand new and ready for service. 

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