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Zeppelin LZ85 (L45)

   Zeppelin LZ85 (L45) was an R Class Super Zeppelin which had its first flight on the 12th of April 1917. It carried out 12 reconnaissance missions around the North Sea and 3 attacks on England, dropping a total of 4,700 kilograms (10,400 lb) of bombs. It ran out of fuel on the 20th of October 1917 and was destroyed in a forced landing near Sisteron, France, the crew being taken captive.

1st July 1914 HMS Agamemnon  

HMS Agamemnon

HMS Agamemnon, last of the pre-dreadnought Battleships and sister ship to HMS Lord Nelson was built by Beardmore, laid down May 1905, completed June 1908, cost 1,652,347.
Size: Length 435 feet waterline 443 feet 6 inches overall, beam 79 feet 6 inches, draught 30 feet, displacement 15,358 load 17,820 tons deep.
Propulsion: 2 shaft Triple Expansion, 16,750 ihp, 18kts.

Designed to provide a considerable step forward in British battleship capabilities. The 9.2 inch guns were increased in numbers to replace the 6 inch guns giving the class a very heavy secondary armament although spotting for gunnery control of such a heavy secondary gun was not easy - one of the reasons for the 'all big gun' armament of future battleships. Both the 12 inch and 9.2 inch guns were of new improved types and a much heavier anti-torpedo boat armament was also carried.

Protection was also substantially increased and subdivision and pumping arrangements were improved. Crew complement was 752 officers and ratings

First World War

  • Joined 5th Battle Squadron Channel Fleet.
  • February 1915 transferred to Dardanelles.
  • 19 February 1915 onwards involved in various attacks on forts and support of landings. Hit by artillery on several occasions but no serious damage.
  • May-June 1915 refit at Malta.
  • 2 December 1915 took part in destruction of Kavak Bridge.
  • January 1916 Eastern Mediterranean Squadron.
  • 5 May 1917 shot down Zeppelin L85.
  • 30 October 1918 Ottoman Empire signed Armistice on board.
  • November 1918 led Allied squadron through the Dardanelles to Constantinople.

Sold for scrap in 1927.

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