Once again, thanks to everyone for the comments.
As previewed in the German Ships Badges thread, here is SMS Hannover
was laid down on November 7th, 1904, launched on May 29th, 1905 and commissioned on October 1st, 1907 and named after the German province of Hannover. Her initial trials were delayed due to a fleet maneuver taking place at the same time and she did not join the active fleet until February 13th, 1908. She joined her sisters Deutschland
as a flagship in the II. Battle Squadron and participated extensively in fleet exercises over the next few years. These exercises included multiple trips mostly in Baltic or Scandinavian waters.
Like her sisters, Hannover
was modified over the years, most notable in the addition and re-arrangement of her searchlights. Her last training course to Norway was cut short in 1914, when the growing tension in Europe forced a recall of all ships back to home waters.
During the war Hannover
was tasked with guard duties near the German coast, but also supported the German dreadnoughts and battlecruisers during their raids against the British Isles or cruisers during several mine laying operations.
During the Battle of Jutland Hannover
was the flagship of the II. Battle Squadron under Rear Admiral Mauve. The presence of the slower pre-dreadnoughts severely hampered the mobility of the German fleet and when the faster German ships pushed forward, Scheer ordered Hannover at the end of the line of trailing pre-dreadnoughts, so he would have a flagship at each end of the overall fleet formation.
When the German battlecruisers came under heavy fire, the pre-dreadnoughts rushed to their aid, but poor visibility prevented any significant action. Hannover
fired eight rounds and was hit by the fragments of a shell fired by HMS Princess Royal
During the night fights that followed, the pre-dreadnoughts once again made up the rear of the German line. Hannover
was directly astern of her sister Pommern when she was sunk by the destroyer Onslaught
and evaded another torpedo aimed at herself. Further engagements followed mostly against imaginary submarines, resulting in an almost friendly-fire incident against the cruiser München
had fired eight 280mm rounds, twenty-one 170mm rounds and forty-four 88mm rounds and despite being one of the infamous ‘five-minute-ships’, she had emerged completely unscathed from the largest fleet battle of the war.
The remaning time of the war, Hannover
and her other pre-dreadnought sisters were removed from the active fleet and put on picket duty. Hannover
was also used as a target ship and had some of her guns removed in 1917. However, when the war ended, Hannover
’s career was not over, as she was one of the first ships to be re-activated for active duty in the new Weimar fleet.
Any help and source material is always welcome.