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Re: History Quiz #33
The torpedo nets on Derfflinger were removed after Jutland whereas the torpedo nets on Lion were removed before Jutland, so the two ships never met in the condition modelled in the photograph. All the German battlecruisers had torpedo nets at Jutland and they were all removed afterwards because damaged nets might foul propellers and result in the ship being overwhelmed by superior force. All British battlecruisers had theirs removed by 1915 (photos of ships with blue rectangles on the hulls in 1915/early 1916 show the ships without torpedo nets). According to some sources, HMS New Zealand was reported to have had her nets re-instated in Spring 1916 only for them to be removed again a few weeks later, so she might have had them during the Battle of Jutland but I suspect that the photo of her in action might have been taken at Dogger Bank the year before. Does anyone know anything about this?
DERFLINGER met LION on three occasions. The first two were in 1915 and 1916. Built with pole masts, it was only after Jutland that the tripod mast was installed in place of the forward pole mast. On November 21, 1918, the ships met again. This time it was when the RN escorted the High Seas Fleet into internment at Scapa Flow. Navis also makes a model of DERFLINGER as built with the pole masts.
HMS Lion and SMS Derflinger, first at Dogger Bank in 1915 then at Jutland in 1916. Both are Navis models.
Identify these ships (and models) and the occasion(s) on which they met: