1871 "Preussen" Armored ship [1st Panzerschiffe]

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1871 "Preussen" Armored ship [1st Panzerschiffe]

Post by Paul L » Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:44 am

Looking through Groners German warships 1815-1945 some of the major earlier 'warships' were listed as 'armored corvette' and 'armored frigate' . From the Preussen class they mention 'Armored Ship' which translates into "Panzerschiffe". Were these ships planned as "raider ships" like the WW-II versions of Panzerschiffe?
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Re: 1871 "Preussen" Armored ship [1st Panzerschiffe]

Post by RF » Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:31 pm

I doubt it. More like coastal defence ships and tasked with securing the Baltic entrances?

Prussia had a miniscule naval force up to the 1870's. During the war with Denmark in 1864 Prussia was blockaded by the Danish Navy and the pre-Tirpitz German Navy developed initially as a response to their coastal vulnerability.
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