The first German ships appear, focus SMS Dresden

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The first German ships appear, focus SMS Dresden

Postby Istvan56 » Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:29 am

If you've read the 0.4.0.4 patch notes you'll see our first glimpse of the German Tech Tree with three famous ships, the Tier II SMS Dresden light cruiser and the two Tier VIII battleships many of us have been waiting for, Bismarck and Tirpitz. Everyone knows the stories of the Bismarck and her less successful sister-ship Tirpitz but what do you know of the Dresden?

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The SMS Dresden we are talking about was the lead ship of the two ship Dresden-class of light cruisers, her sister being the equally famous SMS Emden. This Dresden was commissioned in 1907 and with her sister served in Von Spee's East Asia Squadron (Ostasiengeschwader). At the start of hostilities Von Spee knew the squadron's base in Tsingtau, China was untenable, as were the German colonies throughout the Pacific. He led the bulk of the squadron on a raiding mission across the Pacific bypassing the British dominated Indian Ocean. Von Spee detached the light cruiser Emden to cause as much havoc as she could to distract the British and her story is a wonder. I recommend the book "Last Cruise of the Emden" by Edwin P. Hoyt to learn the fate of not just the ship but the crew.

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Anyway, this is about Dresden. Typical of Kaiserliche Marine light cruisers she sported only 4" (105mm) guns as her main armament. That doesn't mean couldn't fight. In the Battle of Coronel where she engaged first the Auxiliary Cruiser Oranto claiming a fire started (HE spam) and driving her away from the fight. She next joined with the light cruiser Leipzig in targeting HMS Glasgow. They got 5 hits on the Glasgow but failed to seriously damage her which Dresden would later regret. Then, while hunting the fleeing Glasgow she almost torpedoed Leipzig and visa versa when they didn't recognize each other in the evening's gloom. Fortunately they exchanged recognition signals in time before the torpedoes were fired.

In the battle the German cruiser squadron sank the lead ships of the British 4th Cruiser Squadron, the HMS Good Hope and Monmouth, both armored cruisers. For the British it was an unforgivable loss causing two battlecruisers to be sent to join the survivors of the 4th Cruiser Squadron in exacting revenge. Subsequently in the Battle of the Falkland Islands it was Dresden alone which escaped the Royal Navy's wrath.

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Finally after a long hunt, out of coal, low on supplies and with worn out engines she again faced her arch nemesis, HMS Glasgow, along with HMS Kent and the Auxiliary Cruiser Orama in Cumberland Bay near Mas a Tierra, a Chilean island. Outgunned and alone Dresden fought briefly and refused to surrender preferring to negotiate for time. Rather than let her be captured the captain of the Dresden scuttled her, thus depriving the Royal Navy the final revenge it had for the terrible losses of the Battle of Coronel. Despite her being abandoned the British continued to fire on both the ship and the escaping crew in their lifeboats. And despite their shelling only 8 sailors were killed and 29 wounded (4 of whom died from their wounds in Chile) out of the crew. Interned by the neutral Chileans eventually most of the crew made it home including one famous officer, the later head of the Abwehr during WW-II and leader in the plot against (guy with funny mustache, filter blocks his name), Admiral Wilhelm Canaris.

A century later the wreck of the Dresden holds one last mystery. Was she sent to flee the British because she was outmatched or because she was really a treasure ship? Rumors have it that Dresden was carrying gold coins from the German mission in Tsingtau. These would've greatly aided the German war effort had she made it home. When an officially sanctioned survey of the wreck was performed in 2002 there was extensive damage but not all of it was done either by the British shelling or the German scuttling charges. There was evidence of a prior unlicensed salvage operation on the wreck. Whether they recovered the treasure, or it still sits in her hulk, or never existed we'll likely never know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGCBlSK1Ayc
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Re: The first German ships appear, focus SMS Dresden

Postby Istvan56 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:59 am

I edited my post to re-title it and to add two images and a link to a YouTube video of diving on the wreck in 2002 and finding the ship's bell.

From the NA Server:
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Thanks to NA forum member Chi_Ri (Nhat Tai Nguyen on photobucket) for hosting and posting the extracted game files on Dresden, etc.
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Re: The first German ships appear, focus SMS Dresden

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