SMS Deutschland


This class of five pre-dreadnought battleships was the last to be built before the German Navy began to construct dreadnought equivalents or Großlinienschiffe. It was a slightly improved version of the preceding Braunschweig class, with better armour protection but less manoeuvrability. SMS Deutschland served as fleet flagship until 1913, when her successor Friedrich der Große took over. All ships of this class, named after Prussian provinces except Deutschland (Germany), entered fleet service from 1906 to 1908.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 5319

Basic damage control capacity: 79%


Displacement: 13993 tons

Length: 128 m

Width: 22 m

Draught: 10 m

Standard crew: 743


Maximum speed (undamaged): 18 knots

Endurance: 10192 km

Coal capacity: 2000 tons

Armour protection

Conning tower armour: 12

Hull armour: 6.75

Main belt armour: 15.5 (includes backing slope of deck armour)

Deck armour: 3 (sloped at edges to provide additional belt level protection)

Best armour type: Krupp


4 x 28cm SK L/40, centrally controlled. Ammo: 340 rounds

14 x 17cm SK L/40, centrally controlled. Ammo: 1820 rounds

20 x 8,8cm SK L/35, centrally controlled. Ammo: 2800 rounds

6 x 45cm C/03 D Torpedoes, locally controlled. Ammo: 12 torpedoes

Ships in class

  • Deutschland
  • Hannover
  • Schleswig-Holstein
  • Pommern
  • Schlesien