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Photo's Kiel Harbour 1920s/30s

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I've been meaning to post these photo's of Kiel harbour before now, but just got round to it. I think they were

taken in the 1920s or very early 30s.

In the 1st photo at the top are two tall ships, were these navy training ships? also there are two warships at

anchor one behind the tall ships and one to the right. can't make out what type they are.?post-3823-0-50027500-1363181681_thumb.jpgpost-3823-0-93074200-1363181796_thumb.jpgpost-3823-0-92698900-1363181840_thumb.jpgpost-3823-0-02099700-1363181882_thumb.jpgpost-3823-0-97831300-1363181924_thumb.jpg

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Have now identified the tall ship in 2nd photo as the Gorch Fock a 3 masted steel barque. Originally built as a

school ship for the German Reichsmarine in 1933, built in Hamburg by Blohm & Voss the first of 4 to be built.

Here sister ships were the Horst Wessel launched in 1936, the Albert Leo Schlageter launched 1937, and the

Mircea launched in 1938. A fifth was started but never finished as production was given over to U-Boats instead.


Here's another photo of the Gorch Fock and a aerial photo of Kiel Harbour in 1912.post-3823-0-34252100-1363380977_thumb.jpgpost-3823-0-05465900-1363381003_thumb.jpg

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Here's a photo of the 3 Pre-Dreadnoughts of the German Navy c1930, they were the ( Schliesen - Hessen - and

the Schleswig-Holstein. All had been modernized from 1925 to 1927 and returned to service.

The Schleswig-Holstein became the Flagship of the Navy from 1927 to 1935. Germany had already begun rearming

with 2 Pocket Battleships already completed when Hitler came to power but that was the extent of Germanys

Capital ship strength in 1933.


Pic 2. The Flagship Schleswig-Holstein.


Pic 3. The Stern view of the Schliesen late 30s.


Pic 4. the 3 ships together in unknown harbour 1934.


Pic 5. Photo taken from the Schleswig-Holstein of the American Flagship USS Arkansas, of the visit of the

American Battleship Squadron 5th July 1930. The first visit since the end of WW1 by the American Navy to

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Here's a few more for you.


Pic 1. Taken from the Blucher bridge which is at the southernmost point of Kiel Harbour just below the Krupps

Germania Werft in the summer of 1939.

Pic 2. German Battleship Scharnhorst in the ice Kiel Harbour winter of 1939/40.


Pic 3. Map & photo bomb damage of U-Boat bunker ( Konrad ) and surrounding area, Admiral Scheer can

be seen capsized top of photo. The bunker was in construction of the Seehund Midgit U-Boat type XXV11B

at the time of the airraid in the sping of 1945.

Pic 4. photo of a Seehund Midgit U-Boat.


Pic 5. closeup of Admiral Scheer capsized.post-3823-0-46437300-1364138082_thumb.jpgpost-3823-0-39108700-1364138107_thumb.jpgpost-3823-0-14592400-1364138259_thumb.jpgpost-3823-0-66025100-1364138304_thumb.jpgpost-3823-0-31163200-1364138371_thumb.jpgpost-3823-0-47212400-1364138446_thumb.jpgpost-3823-0-66025100-1364138304_thumb.jpg


PS the map lists Admiral Graf Spee as capsized, should be Admiral Scheer.

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