70430 - Battleship SMS Thuringen, 1911, 1/700
SMS Thüringen was a Helgoland class Dreadnought battleship of the German Kaiserliche Marine.
At the start of World War I, Thüringen was assigned to the I Battle Squadron. Under the command of Captain H Küsel, Thüringen fought at the Battle of Jutland, alongside her sisterships. At around 02:00, Thüringen destroyed the armored cruiser HMS Black Prince in a massive explosion. During the battle, Thüringen fired 107 twelve inch (305 mm) rounds, while sustaining no damage.
After the end of World War I, all four Helgoland class battleships were surrendered as prizes of war to the Allies, with Thüringen going to France. Thüringen was transferred to Brest, France in early 1920, but off the coast of Cherbourg, the German crew attempted to scuttle the ship. The French managed to bring the heavily flooded ship into Cherbourg. In February 1921, Thüringen was towed to Brest, where she had her armament removed. Upon completion, she was towed again, to Gâvres, which was the location of a gunnery training base for the French Navy. The ship was later beached, and the hull broke in two. The wreck was sold for scrap in March 1923, and was partially broken up in situ, however, a section of the hull over 350 ft (110 m) long still remains in water less than 30 ft (9.1 m) deep. The hull itself has been almost completely destroyed due to wave action in the shallow water.
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