SMS Bayern


With the Bayern class, the German Imperial Navy made a leap in main gun calibre to 38cm, greatly increasing their firepower. The new guns require a lot of space though, so the number of turrets was reduced to four, dropping the central turret from the previous König class. This also meant that there was a lot more space amidships, which enabled the engineers to keep the engine rooms compact. Apart from that, the usual improvements in armour and intersection were made. Like the König class, these ships were supposed to have a diesel engine for long cruises as well, but due to the war, they were not ready in time and had to be replaced by an additional turbine. Four ships were laid down, all to be named in honour of German states, but only Bayern has been completed so far.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 29597

Basic damage control capacity: 85%


Displacement: 28074 tons

Length: 180 m

Width: 30 m

Draught: 10 m

Standard crew: 1229


Maximum speed (undamaged): 22 knots

Endurance: 9265 km

Coal capacity: 3960 tons

Armour protection

Conning tower armour: 14

Hull armour: 10

Main belt armour: 17.2 (includes backing slope of deck armour)

Deck armour: 1.6 (sloped at edges to provide additional belt level protection)

Best armour type: Krupp


8 x 38cm SK L/45, centrally controlled. Ammo: 720 rounds

16 x 15cm SK L/45 19deg, centrally controlled. Ammo: 2650 rounds

4 x 8,8cm Flak L/45, centrally controlled. Ammo: 1600 rounds

5 x 60cm H8 Torpedoes, locally controlled. Ammo: 15 torpedoes

Ships in class

  • Bayern
  • Baden (nearing completion)
  • Sachsen (incomplete)
  • Württemberg (incomplete)