Battleships are out of date

World War 1, Sea War, Germany in the Balkan Federation (W2C)

Event:

It is March 1941. The Kaiser is old and disappointed in the world. Actually, so much had gone well for a long time. But the empire no longer exists for a long time. By manipulating the time that goes back to 1909, Adolf Hitler changed history. Hitler used Kaiser Wilhelm II for his own purposes and betrayed him in 1918.

There is a man standing in front of the emperor who claims to be a so-called imperial citizen. The citizens of the Reich are an interest group that was banned and erased in 2017 (see here). And they see in Adolf Hitler an enemy of the emperor, since he is responsible for the dissolution of the empire. The man says it is from the year 2056, but it is just a mental projection. Wilhelm is now given the choice of making a “mental” journey through time as well. But to do this he has to do something that seems almost impossible. The time traveler promised the Kaiser that he would wake up again after his death on June 4, 1941, in 1864 as a small child. The former emperor accepts this opportunity.

Variant of World War 1

The naval war from 1914

Rescue of the 2 Ottoman battleships

The 2 battleships Sultan Osman I. (HMS Agincourt) and Reshadije (HMS Erin) were built in GB for the Ottomans.

On August 3, 1914, the Turkish crew was supposed to take over the two ships. In UZL, however, they were occupied by British troops the day before and confiscated by the Royal Navy. Willi wants to prevent this in order to weaken the British by two ships and to strengthen the Ottomans accordingly.

In contrast to the Allies, Willi plans to start the war on August 2nd and will start it there. Therefore he organizes a fleet parade in the North Sea for July 25th, 1914 and invites these 2 battleships to participate in April. Nobody suspects the war in April, so the invitation is accepted and the planned takeover is scheduled for July 23rd. relocated. The team takes over and drives towards Germany. The parade takes place to great cheers. Willi presents his fleet and gives a rather aggressive speech. He emphasizes the superiority of the German Navy over the British Navy and claims that even the old German battleships are superior to the modern British ships. "If a German-British war is ever fought at sea, it will be the first thing we will prove!" He announced that if the British were to seek war against Germany, the British flit would be sent to the bottom of the North Sea in the first few days.

The speech is analyzed with concern in England and it becomes clear: Germany is looking for a test of strength.

The 2 Ottoman ships remain in the Baltic Sea and training begins. Due to the danger of war, they will remain there until the start of the war. From August 2nd, both ships will intrude into the German naval structure.

Sea war in the North Sea

The German plan provides for a quick victory over the Royal Navy. For this purpose, some small submarines were developed in the prewar period. Without a long range and with only 2 torpedoes each, they aim for the surprise effect. Suitable targets are already being sought in the days before the war. Battleships anchored unprotected in easily accessible harbors. Appropriate destinations are selected in Skapa Flow, Scotland and Shottland.

On August 2nd, 1914 at midnight, the 10 submarines penetrated the ports and fired the torpedoes. So this happens exactly at the same time as the declaration of war.

The 5 pre-dreadnought battleships Magnificent, Victorious, Mars, Illustrious and the Venerable are sunk in Humber in the harbor

5 more dreadnoughts meet the same fate in Scapa Flow.

The British are expressing hatred. The torpedoes hit midnight, and the German ambassador to the government rings at midnight. It is hotly debated how this should be interpreted. Germany says war was declared at midnight. But the British say: When the torpedoes struck at midnight, the ambassador was still at the door. When the declaration of war was finally handed over, the other side already knew what had happened. This means: According to the British interpretation, the war was only declared after the fighting began. So a clear breach of the laws of war.

But it got even worse. Reports come from all over the world about German attacks which started at midnight Central European time.

But what is the use of whining? The damage is enormous. On the 1st night of the war, 5 battleships of the pre-Dreadnaught class and above all 5 modern ships of the Dreadnaught class were sunk ... Half of Malaysia is occupied and the army is marching into France. ... it's war, so it doesn't help to complain ... the British must now defend the empire.

A sign must be set in order to maintain the morale of the Empire. The BEF (British Expeditions Force) was prematurely relocated to France and is advancing to stop the German army. Now you need a tremendous success at sea. The security of troop transports across the canal must also be guaranteed.

The arrogant and cocky speeches that Willi is currently holding are also a thorn in the side of the British. The British are portrayed here as weak and soft. As the case of Malaysia already shows, it is easy to destroy the British fleet, one really only has to send every single ship to the bottom of the sea and they are gone.

Willi presents a plan to destroy the Royal Navy:

It is planned to lure the British fleet off Heligoland. The deep sea fleet is divided into 2 squadrons. The 28 battleships of the pre-Dreadnaught classes are supposed to prevent an escape in the east and the 10 ships of the Oldenburg class are supposed to bypass the British to prevent a retreat. Airships should observe and coordinate everything from above. The aim is to encircle and destroy the Royal Navy.

The fact that the airships carry a secret cargo with them remains unmentioned: fliers with torpedoes. This remains so secret that the German Admiralty has no idea either.

The British secret service is of course active and is sneaking into German fleet plans.

But the plan has a weak point: the ocean-going fleet is split up and slower than the British. Thus, the Royal Navi can initially fall into the trap, but then concentrate first on the 22 old ships, sink them and then sink the 10 more modern battleships with concentrated power.

This is where the British see their chance. Tactically they are actually superior to the deep sea fleet, because the ships are faster, the guns are of a higher caliber, and they are each much more.

As soon as the deep-sea fleet is destroyed, the world's oceans are ruled again and all colonies can be brought back, the British hope.

Sea battle in front of Heligoland

Willi announces a major attack against the British coast. On 8/10 it starts, the German deep sea fleet leaves the bases at night. 28 old battleships, 10 dreadnoughts, 2 Turkish dreadnougts and 8 battleships.

But of course they will be noticed and the British will go into battle too. The Royal Navy relies on the quality of its ships. All 16 remaining "Dreadnaughts" go into battle, supported by the 11 Semi-Dreadnaughts and another 20 Pre-Dreadnaughts. Flanked by 5 battle cruisers and 15 armored cruisers.

The 28 old ships circumnavigate Heligoland to the east.

The British reconnaissance discovered the 28 ships first and sent the dreadnoughts there. It looks like an easy success, because the Germans could be sunk by the British before they come within reach of the Germans.

The 10 ships of the Oldenburg class remain west of Helgoland at a certain distance, and then advance northwards as soon as the Royal Navy is sighted. Now they want to try to encircle the British. The British recognize that too, of course. The 11 semi-dreadnoughts oppose the German dreadnoughts and are supposed to hold them back until the old German ships are all sunk. The British pre-dreadnoughts are split up, 10 battleships join the semis, the other 10 cover the backs of the squadrons. The 5 battle cruisers and 15 armored cruisers are supposed to fill gaps and intervene where necessary.

Seeing their inferiority, the 28 old German ships turn off. So the Germans seem to be trying to lure the British into the trap. The British now use their advantage of the higher speed and pursue the 28 "old boats". In doing so, they manage to stay outside the range of Heligoland's coastal batteries.

The 8 Derrflinger battlecruisers and the 2 Ottoman dreadnoughts have taken an easterly course and are now turning to prevent a British retreat. So they meet the 10 British pre-dreadnoughts and the armored cruisers and battle cruisers.

Now Willi brings his squad into play, the flying aircraft carriers. So far only noticed on the horizon, they have not been taken very seriously. Also because they are a big target, the Royal Navy assumes that they are trying to stay out of range of British artillery. Willi himself does not endure the spectacle. He is on board an airship himself and coordinates by radio. The zeppelins now come onto the battlefield at a speed of 100 km / h. There are 30 zeppelins and each has 5 planes with 1 torpedo each on board. The pilots are proud to have been selected for this. Nobody suspects the drama. Now everything has to go at the same time, so Willi orders. 1 Zeppelin is always assigned 1 Dreadnaught battleship (5 planes per ship). The 11 semi-dreadnaughts (4 flyers per ship) take additional zeppelins. Then it hits the 5 battle cruisers (4 planes per ship) and 3 armored cruisers (3 planes per ship). The planes disengage and attack. It looks bad. It is not really flying. The torpedoes are just too heavy. It's more of a guided crash ... in the middle of the enemy ships. But it is enough. The planes all crash, but they are targeted and controlled. The battleships are protected against torpedoes on the side walls. But torpedoes impacting vertically from above hit the deck and explode inside the ships. Would fewer planes have been enough? Probably already. But the fact is, 5 planes per ship, no boat can take that, regardless of how modern we are. At the same time, the aviators race with their torpedoes in free fall on the British.

The pilots can still steer well and then trigger the switch for the ejection seat. It is promised that the German planes will then be picked up by torpedo boats. Ejection seat? The switch looks real. But it was kept quiet that none of this worked, so only dummies filled with explosives were installed, which do not work, except to explode on impact. Of course, none of the 150 airmen deployed against the British survived, and no corpse can be identified or found.

But for Willi this is a calculated sacrifice. The battle has barely begun, and the Royal Navy is already deprived of all of its modern warships. Now the battle begins.

The British are now in a losing position. There are no more modern ships. The advantage that the British actually had is now enjoyed by the German fleet. 10 pre-dreads face the 10 German dreadnoughts. and the other 10 brit pre-dreads in the background are now approaching the 2 Ottoman ships and the 8 German battlecruisers from the northeast.

The old German ships are now too lame and cannot intervene. They have done their job and are heading home without firing a shot.

There are now 3 parallel ship duels:

The 10 German "dreads" take action against the 10 British. These don't stand a chance. You are too slow to escape. The Germans are faster and have the greater range. They can stay out of British reach, sinking them one by one, whatever happens.

The German battle cruisers attack the 13 British armored cruisers. Again, an unequal fight. The armored cruisers are unable to protect the battleships. The Ottomans are now alone, and the only weak point.

The only thing left for the British admiral to do is to try to save as many ships and lives as possible. A victory is not possible.

The armored cruisers are scattering in all directions. The 8 battle cruisers can only pursue and sink one, so 5 armored cruisers survive. Willi now uses his zeppelins to chase the armored cruisers. But when the 8 battle cruisers sank the 8 chased armored cruisers, the remaining 5 armored cruisers are too far away.

The 10 pre-dreadnought battleships face the 2 osm. Battleships. It comes to an artillery duel.

One could also sink the British here one after the other without getting within their range. Theoretically. But the Ottoman team is not really well established yet. The attention, fully focused on the ships, is violently fired. A few enemies are also hit ... but British submarines can approach the battle unnoticed and fire their deadly cargo. After a few detonations, the duel is decided for the British. The Ottomans have had severe water ingress and are no longer maneuverable, a spark of hope is growing.

But the British cannot use their success properly. German Porpedobotte rush up and drive away the submarines.

The British old battleships are forced to retreat due to the approaching German battleships.

Badly damaged, the Osmanan are towed to Kiel and are not ready for action again until mid-1915.

The German battleships of the Oldenburg class attack the 10 British pre-dreadnoughts assigned to them. The latter try to withdraw in an orderly manner. Since the Germans are more modern and more, it's an unequal fight. They are faster and have a longer range. Therefore, the British cannot leave the enemy behind. An attack also fails because the German ships can stay at a distance and thus out of range. 3 ships are sunk, the other 7 badly damaged.

The admiral must make a decision with grave consequences: if he continues to fight, everyone will die without success, but the other pre-dreadnoughts will be given time to withdraw.

Since there are several miles between the ships, the hope remains that an escape will be successful.

To save the lives of the sailors, Admiral Beatty orders the scuttling. People go overboard and into German captivity.

The other 10 ships build a smoke screen and withdraw under its protection, each ship individually so that you are less noticeable.

Here Willi uses the zeppelins again. They have a much greater range of vision at their height. A zeppelin is attached to every British battleship. So it can pass on the location. Now released by the self-immersion, the Germans split up and go into pursuit. They are supported by the German battle cruisers who have already eliminated their assigned armored cruiser.

The result is devastating for the British:

In this disastrous battle, the British lost 32 of their most modern warships and 30 older warships. 16 dreadnoughst, 11 semi-dreadnoughst, 20 pre-dreadnoughst, 5 battle cruiser and 10 armored cruiser are gone.

Germany cheered for days after this event, Great Britain wore black.

Willi urges further attacks. Therefore, the ships are only being refitted and repaired in a makeshift manner. On August 20, 1914, the 10 German dreadnoughts were relocated to the Mediterranean in order to displace the Allies there.

Attack on England

After the win at Helgoland, Willi wants to maximize the pressure on the British.

To do this, he starts the following actions:

Bobbing of the English cities

As soon as the zeppelins are back, the bombing of the big cities, including London, begins. There is currently no air defense, so the population can only hide in cellars and improvised bunkers. Willi instructs him to test the use of poison gas bombs. However, this will only be possible from April 1915 and will lead to a tremendous outcry internationally.

Shelling of the southern English port cities

After the Battle of Heligoland, the old battleships are now regularly sent to the southern coast of England. First the large caliber bombs the coastal defenses and cities, then the torpedo boats come and sink all ships in the port.

Every night there are attacks, sometimes big, sometimes small. With this, Willi wants to demonstrate that he has the power to strike anywhere and that the British are defenseless.

Invasion of Scottish port cities and elimination of the local population

Liberation from Ireland

As early as the end of November 1914, after the Kaoitulation of France, German zeppelins were flying over Ireland and dropping leaflets over Ireland. The population is called upon to evade mobilization, to rise up against England and to found their own state. If Ireland so wishes, Germany promises to land in Ireland with 1 million soldiers to make the liberation possible.

Annexation of the Channel Islands

Destruction of the British Empire

Sea blockade as soon as Brest has been captured

Sea war in the Mediterranean

The sea war in the Mediterranean has little in common with that in the UZL. Therefore, Willi can use little of his knowledge. The big difference is that Italy is fighting on the German side.In 1914, the German Mediterranean fleet consists of the battle cruisers Goeben and Von der Tann (Derfflinger class) and 5 small cruisers of the Breslau class (B4reslau + 4 more of the same type, which replace the 4 Austrian rapid cruisers) as well as the acquired Italian ships:

France needs the western Mediterranean to ship the troops from Africa to Europe. To ensure this, a number of battleships and armored cruisers are deployed.

Italy

The Italians are "robbed" of the bulk of their ships and only have the 2 modern battleships Dante Alighieri and Giulio Cesare as well as 4 old pre-Dreadnaughts: 2 battleships of the Amiragio class and 2 ships of the Margherita class.

The job of it. Fleet is first to prevent the transport of troops to France.

The 4 pre-dreadnoughts off Algeria are used for this purpose. As a quartet, the franz. Ships detected, which only act alone.

So the sinking of the 3 ships succeeds:

Patrie and Vérité on August 4th, 1914 and Suffren on August 6th, 1914

Alarmed by the losses, the Allies react after the first sinking. Together with the 4 British battlecruisers, the 2 French. Dreadnoughts the 4 old it. Pre-Dreadnoughts and you can get them on 7.8. destroy.

From now on, Italy is acting more defensively. The Marina Regia has shrunk to 2 dreadnoughts, and you don't want to lose them too.

In the next step, the Allies are now looking for a confrontation with the 2 German battlecruisers.

The German Adria Squadron is stationed in Trieste, consisting of the 4 Semi-Dreadnoughst from it. Origin and 2 semi-dreadnoughts Russian origin.

German Mediterranean Fleet

At the beginning of the war, Germany stationed the 2 Derfflinger-class battlecruisers, Goeben and Derfflinger. On August 2nd, 1914 at midnight they drive to the Franz. Coast, to the ports and open fire on the battleships anchored there. The Goeben succeeds in a surprise attack on the Brennus anchored in the harbor and then the Marceau, at the same time the Derfflinger sinks the Massena. The loss of sailors is limited as the ships were not fully manned, and in both cases the crews were able to save themselves ashore when it became clear that the ships were lost. all 3 ships are out of date, poorly armored compared to modern ships and therefore an easy victim. But the battle value is also only low, so the success is more symbolic. But Willi made his headlines, the sinking of 3 ships.

Since at the franz. Coast can no longer be launched by surprise attack, the 2 battle cruisers now move to Tunisia and sink the outdated battleship Henri IV there on August 5, 1914, which is anchored in Bizerte.

The British reaction is not long in coming.

the 4 British battlecruisers stationed in the Mediterranean are ordered to the region to eliminate the 2 German opponents.

Since the German Adriatic squadron is stationed in Trieste, the Allied Staregy plans to block access to the Adriatic. For this purpose, 4 British and 2 French patrols. Armored cruiser at the entrance to the Adriatic Sea. Always 2 armored ships form a team, so there are 3 Adriatic control groups patrolling. The 4 french. Danton-class semi-dreadnought battleships are stationed in Malta and are not expected to intervene until an attempted breakout is reported. The small British cruiser Gloucester patrols between the Adriatic Sea and Malta and maintains the connection.

Germany uses its 2 small zeppelins in the Mediterranean for reconnaissance purposes and can thus determine the location of the Adriatic blockades. The zeppelins should also warn of submarines when attempting to break out, as the latter can be seen early from "above". The British have spies in Trieste who are supposed to report as soon as the German Adriatic squadron leaves.

After the sinking of the Henri IV in Bizerte, the 2 battle cruisers have to be ordered back. Half of the ammunition is used up and other supplies have to be pulled up. Therefore, on August 5th, 1914, they headed for Trieste, shadowed by the British cruiser Gloucester.

Willi's plan to fetch the ships looks like this: Zeppelins clear the Adriatic Sea and locate the armored cruisers. He has 5 submarines in the Mediterranean. 2 covertly observe Malta, and 3 submarines drive them to the Adriatic Sea. The 6 German semi-dreadnoughts left Trieste on the morning of 6/8/1914 for the Mediterranean. The British report this immediately and things are getting hectic in Malta.

The 3 armored cruiser teams are easily located from the air. Willi knows the weakness of Allied tactics. If 1 ship is torpedoed, the 2nd ship will stop to rescue the castaways. And that's exactly what happens. The 3 groups are found, 1 submarine each is sent, and then the command "Tora Tora Tora" comes from the airship. The 3 submarines send torpedoes onto one of the ships first, and then sink the 2nd stopping boat. The Adriatic is free for the time being.

In Malta, the 6 ships of the Danton class leave port to intervene. They are accompanied by a number of destroyers that Willi did not plan. The 2 submarines appear and attack the Danton. Big water ingress occurs. But since malta is still within reach, the Danton turns back. She is aground in Malta, has been rescued, but not operational for the time being. But the destroyers attack the 2 German submarines and put an end to them. The remaining 5 French. Ships of the Danton class can reach and block the Adriatic before the 2 German battlecruisers. Willi hadn't planned it that way. Because the 5 French. Ships are superior to the 6 Germans. The German team is not familiar enough with the recently acquired ships to survive a battle without losses. Around noon on 6.8. Willi therefore orders the German Adriatic squadron to retreat.

At the same time, the two German battlecruisers advance north, shadowed by the Glucester. While the French are supposed to continue to block the Adriatic, the 4 so far very successful British battle cruisers Indefatigable, New Zeeland, Invincible and Inflexible will be sent towards the 2 Germans together with the Gloucester. The British are confident of victory. because with the same caliber and speed there are twice as many ships.

But we know from UZL in the Skagarag Battle that appearances are bad. The Derfflinger are better armored and the guns have better accuracy and penetration despite the same caliber. 3 battlecruisers quickly exploded in UZL, and these weaknesses are not fixed here. In UZL the torpedo tubes turned out to be the weak point of the Derfflinger. Here these battlecruisers have no torpedoes. The first German-British ship-artillery duel took place on August 5th, 1914.

When the indefatigable is lost, one still believes in bad luck. But a little later the New Zealand explodes. The British turn away and decide to call in reinforcements from the Home Fleet. Slightly beaten, the 2 battle cruisers continued their way north and reached the Adriatic on August 7th, 1914. There they are intercepted by the 5 French Danton-class battleships. The Goeben and Derrflinger keep their distance and bombard the French out of range (14.5 km). They focus on the Condorcet and can seriously damage it. This must turn off and retire from the battle. But when fighting at such a distance (range of the Derfflinger 18 km) the ammunition consumption per hit is very high. The Germans can neither continue the battle nor pursue the Condorcet because the ammunition is running out. Goeben and Derfflinger turn off and run the it. Taranto port.

Thus it seems that the Allies were able to successfully block the Adriatic in spite of heavy losses. But appearances are deceptive. Ships patrolling in confined spaces are easy targets for submarines. Willi wants to know and sends his 3 remaining submarines there again on August 8, 1914. He wants to learn from the loss of his submarines off Malta. The order is: concentrate the attack on the ship in front, and only then on the next. This increases the chance of completely sinking at least one, and not just damaging it.

At first it looks successful. The Voltaire is hit by 3 torpedoes and overturns. But the accompanying destroyers react immediately and successfully attack the submarines visible during the attack. None of the 5 submarines deployed in the Mediterranean will ever return home.

But all of this is overshadowed by the battle of Heligoland on the same day.

The consequences of the Heligoland Battle also affect the Mediterranean. The British and French are withdrawing to safe regions. The ships in the Eastern Mediterranean sail into the Suez Canal and are therefore inaccessible.

The French Ships in the west attract the French. Mediterranean coast back. The British go near the altar.

But the quiet doesn't last long.

On August 20, 1914, the 10 German dreadnoughts were relocated to the Mediterranean in order to displace the Allies there. (see above) On August 25th, 1014 the 10 German dreadnoughts attack the Gebraltar and shoot the fortress to rubble and ashes. Then marines go ashore and occupy the city.

The British ships can escape in good time and approach safe ports in France. With the conquest of Gebraltar, Germany now controls the Mediterranean. Already on August 27th the consul in Madrid contacts the Spanish government and offers birth altars. In return, one wishes for Spain to enter the war or for the handover of the sp. Dreadnought battleship Espana combined with the permission to use the Canary Islands as a naval base for the cruiser war.

On August 29th, 1914, 5 German dreadnoughts leave the birth altar and attack the French. Mediterranean coast. Thus they block France and prevent any further troop transport from the colonies.

The German Navy now dominates the Mediterranean.

War in africa

The job in South Africa is quite straightforward. South Mozambique, the British corridor to the sea is about to be conquered. Thus, a land connection between East and South Africa is achieved and the British are cut off from the sea in southern Africa.

2. The contract is to provide fleet bases to control the South Atlantic from South Africa. For this purpose, the squadron of small cruisers is ordered to South Africa at the beginning of the war.

Attack on St. Helena

The British island of St. Helena is strateg. valuable and should be used as a base for pirate lines. Therefore, on August 2nd, 1914, the two old small cruisers attack Lübeck and Munich, the sailors conquer the port and occupy the island. From here they patrol the area. The few British citizens are interned.

Attack on Ascension Island

The British island of Ascension is strateg. valuable and should be used as a base for pirate lines. Therefore, on August 2nd, 1914, the two old small cruisers attack Leipzig and Danzig, the sailors conquer the port and occupy the island. From here they patrol the area. The few British citizens are interned.

Attack on Cap Verden

The Cape Verdian Islands are part of the British Empire and strateg. precious. Like the other Atlantic islands, they are to be used as a base for pirate lines. Therefore, on August 2nd, 1914, the 4 old small cruisers Thetis, Ariadne, Medusa and Amazone attack, the sailors conquer the ports and occupy the island. From here they patrol the area. The few British citizens are interned.

Attack on Mombasa, Kenya

After the islands on the east coast are under German control, there are no longer any fixed orders.

Willi is also overwhelmed and now lets the foreign troops act independently.

After securing Tonga, the 6 small and 4 large cruisers gather north and attack Mombasa.

The ships are actually out of date, but without opponents it is easy to destroy the British garrison of Mombasa.

Then German sailors go ashore, intern the British and hand over the city to the local authorities. The possibility of leaving occupation troops behind is excluded. Too many German marines are already excluded from the occupation of the British colonies. From now on it will be limited to moving north and removing British citizens from all port cities in Kenya and from British Somaliland. Then it will. Somaliland visited and used as a base.

It. Troops move south and British annex Somaliland.

From now on it is the task of the 10 cruisers to turn off the Persian Gulf and all French. or British ships to sink.

War in the Caribbean

After Suriname was surrendered to the USA, Germany relocated its naval base to Curacao and Anquilla. The 5 cruisers there have been commissioned to deliver on 2.8. To chase the British and French out there. But during the planning it was not anticipated that more enemy ships were stationed here than planned. Especially the battleship Canopus in Jamaica was not planned.

  • At the beginning of the war, Rurik moves to British Guyana, meets the Shannon in Georgetown and sinks it. After the bombardment of the fortress, occupation troops go ashore and declare Georgetown as conquered.
  • At the beginning of the war, Admiral Makarow moved to French Guyana, met the Gueydon in Cayenne and was able to sink her. After the bombardment of the fortress, occupation troops go ashore and declare Cayenne conquered.
  • Bajan II lands at midnight in Central Europe. Time in the port of Fort de France. There the JeanneD`Arc is anchored in the harbor.

The battle did not last long, Martinique fell into German hands.

Now it turns out that Willi went to war a little haphazardly. The first strike was almost perfectly prepared, but now he cannot improvise. War reports come from all over the world, and Willi loses track of things. His standard orders to all overseas units are: "Act in the appropriate situation to the best of our knowledge and belief.!"

After initial successes, the setback in the Caribbean follows. Because already on 6.8. the British counterattack. The battleship Canapus reaches the port of Curacao and opens fire. The German cruisers are inferior to a battleship and have to leave the field. After this positive experience, the British are now conquering both German bases. First the German cruisers move into the newly conquered areas of Fr. and Br. Guyana. But there they are driven out by the Brazilians.

Ultimately, it remains a stalemate. Willi's order is clear, superior forces should be evaded, so the German cruisers keep giving way to the battleship Canapus. On the other hand, the cruisers can always attack where the Canopus is not. It all resembles a cat-mouse game or a guerrilla fight. But the German squadron lacks coal supplies. Therefore the Germans have to react more cautiously.

In the hope of reinforcement from the South Atlantic and to gain time, the cruiser squadron moves to the coast of the very sparsely populated Belize, which was then called Honduras in the British. There they find shelter for a while as they go unnoticed.

Upgrade in the Caribbean

Both sides react. Germany hopes to get the situation under control with the dispatch of the semi-dreadnought battleship and the 13 armored cruisers.

France and the British respond by sending some ships deployed in the North Atlantic: 4 ships of the Gloire class, plus the Cornwall, Cumberland, Kent, Glasgow and the (old) battleship Glory, which is stationed off Canada.

When the German South Atlantic Squadron arrives in the Caribbean on August 20, 1914, one only realizes the critical situation on site. You first have to get information by tapping into the radio, because a lot has happened. The British fleet was devastated off Heligoland, the German bases in the Caribbean are lost, and the German Caribbean squadron is undefeated but lost. The squadron commander decides that the association with the Caribbean squadron is the highest priority. He ordered the attack on Curacao and announced this success unencrypted on August 24, 1914. So the British can react, but the German squadron is also informed and can join.

The German Caribbean Squadron decides to leave the shelter of the coast off Belize to join the new ships. The coal reserves are sufficient for a trip to Anquilla. This is also transmitted by radio.

So every war party knows what Germany is doing. The 5 cruisers of the Caribbean squadron go to Anquilla. The 13 newly arrived German cruisers and the 3 semi-dreadnought battleships (1x Germany, 2x Argentina) are therefore also forced to come there to protect the Caribbean squadron. The reinforcements manage to reach Anquilla before the British and to unite with the Caribbean squadron to form a Caribbean fleet consisting of 18 cruisers and 3 battleships. When the British arrive, they realize the situation. The sinking of the British Navy in the North Sea is now also known here, as is the arrival of the former Pacific Squadron on the Panama Canal. The British ships are ordered to the north and seek safety in the ports of the USA.

The entire new German Caribbean squadron now consists of 3 battleships, 4 ex-Japanese battle cruisers and 32 cruisers of various combat strengths.

The Caribbean is now developing into the main theater of war at sea, and is considered an object of prestige for both sides. The British want to use the reinforcement by the ships of the USA to put the German fleet in their place from here. The British have now added 8 older and 8 modern battleships to the 2 old battleships. Therefore, in December 1914, the 10 old and 8 modern battleships were dispatched to Cuba. The plan is to lure the German Caribbean squadron into a trap.The 8 old ships are considered decoy. They are supposed to encourage the young ships to surround this fleet. But then they are to be encircled and destroyed with the help of the 8 modern battleships, which are traveling a little way back. It was noticed that Germany had ordered battle cruisers to the Caribbean, but it is not clear that there are 10.

Naval battle off Cuba

The German Caribbean Squadron, enriched by 10 battle cruisers of the Derfflinger class, sends 10 old cruisers home in return. The remaining ones are used as scout ships. When a large association of British battleships is reported from the north, the German Caribbean squadron is also planning an ambush. The 1st squadron consists of the Brazilian battleships, the 3 Semi-Dreadnaughst and the 4 outdated "battle cruisers" Japanese design. This squadron is supposed to bypass the British and prevent them from escaping to the USA. The 10 "Derfflinger" are supposed to face the British, but use their own greater range and speed to sink them from a distance without being able to come under fire.