WoW – Battleship Kaiser

World of Warships: German battleship Kaiser class from World War One.

 battleship 'Kaiser' in WoW

German battleship ‘Kaiser’ in World of Warships (WoW).

German Research Tree

German Research Tree in World of Warships.

The German battleship of the Kaiser class is the fifth ship in the German research tree (right), which can be reached after the cruisers Hermelin, Dresden, Kolberg and the very restricted, old battleship of the Nassau class.

All previously listed ships can be research quickly and they are only played a relatively short time until you reach the Kaiser class. In order to get from here the next battleship, the Koenig (King) class, a certain amount of effort and time is necessary, so that the battleship Kaiser can (must) be used for a while.


Battleship Kaiser in World of Warships

In World of Warships (WoW), two teams of 15 ships are fighting each other on a randomly selected battle map. In contrast to War Thunder, the ships of the teams are mixed with all nationalities, so that one can fight with his Kaiser class battleship very well against other Kaiser ships in the opponents fleet.
Only the number of aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers and destroyers is roughly equal on each side. It is also possible to fight with the Kaiser only against ships, which are at most one rank (tier) higher or lower.

In World of Warships the action starts quite fast, and in contrast to War Thunder, you are also condemned to the role of the spectator, if your own ship is quickly sunk – a new entry with a reserve ship is not possible here. And if you leave the struggle, your own ship is also locked during the remaining battle period. However, you can accumulate several different ships on the deck so that you can fight another battle in the meantime with another one.

 'Kaiser' with a special camouflage paint

The ‘Kaiser’ with a special camouflage paint, which allows faster research. Also flags are placed and the values of the captain are shown on the right, the other ships of the deck below.

Each ship can also be further improved, the captain learns new abilities and additional camouflage paints, and hurried flags have different effects and influences, e.g. the visibility of their own ship, fire speed and repairability.

However, in World of Warships, the ‘stone-scissors-paper’ principle exists. Usually destroyers are beating battleships with their torpedoes at a short distance (since they are sighted very late by battleships), cruisers beat destroyers, and battleships beat cruisers.
Aircraft carriers play a special role. Here, the captain primarily directs the operations of his carrier-based aircraft.

Battleships are very good for a less hectic game play. The fire is possible at a greater distance of about 10 miles and the reload time of the guns of more than 10 seconds can be used to correct the course or the speed and adapt it to your own fleet as well as to look for suitable enemy ships for the next salvo, although the slow rotation of the main gun turrets must be taken into account.
Also, battleships can be repaired to some extent during the battle and are not the fastest, so there is little hustle and bustle but a good overview about the action.

Video from action with the Kaiser in WoW

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History of the Kaiser class

Kaiser class battleship

Kaiser class battleship

The Kaiser class consists of five ships instead of the usual four of German capital ships. The battleships were ‘Kaiser’ (March 1911), ‘Friedrich der Grosse’ (Frederick the Great, June 1911), ‘Kaiserin’ (November 1911) , ‘Prinz Regent Luitpold’ (February 1913), ‘König Albert’ (King Albert, April 1912).

The ships had a displacement of 24,700 tons and a complement of 1,088 men.

Armament
10 x 12 inch guns
14 x 6 inch guns
12 x 24 Pounders
4 x 14 Pounders anti-aircraft guns
5 torpedo tubes (20 inch): 4 submerged (broadside), 1 submerged (stern)

Command tower of a Kaiser class battleship

Command tower of a Kaiser class battleship.

Armour
14 inch belt (amidships)
6 inch belt (bow)
5 inch belt (aft)
12 inch main turrets
7 inch secondary battery
(total weight of the Krupp armour 6,000 tons)

Machinery
3 Parson turbines with 3 screws
Schulz-Thornycroft boilers
25,000 hp = 20 kts
Coal: normal 1,000 tons (maximum 3,600 tons); about 200 tons oil.

All ships were in action at the Battle of Jutland and scuttled at Scapa Flow after the war.

Diary February 25, 1942

Yenangyuang oil field on fire

Equipment is on fire in the Yenangyuang oil field north of Rangoon (Burma), while the British are preparing their retreat.

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, February 25, 1942:

Southeast Asia

Burma: Retreating British use ‘scorched earth’ tactics in Rangoon, inc. setting fire to oil installations.

Air War

Germany: RAF night raid on Kiel (repeated next 2 nights).

Home Fronts

USA – Air raid scare in Los Angeles: heavy AA barrage. Secretary of War Stimson announces that ’15 commercial planes operated by enemy agents’ have flown over city – false alarm; no bombs dropped.

Diary February 25, 1917

Duke Albrecht of Wurttemberg

Duke Albrecht of Wurttemberg, a field-marshal of the German Enpire, is shown here displaying the Pour le Merite that he received on August 27, 1915.

World War One Diary for Sunday, February 25, 1917:

Western Front

France: Prime Minister Briand proposes that ‘In order to ensure unity of command on the Western Front, the French General-In-Chief will from the 1 March 1917 have authority over the British Forces … in all that concerns … operations … dispositions … allotment of material and resources … to the Armies’. Haig and Robertson object (plan modified February 27).
Somme: BEF 2nd Division and Anzac Corps fight for the Thilloys (until March 2) southwest of Bapaume.
Flanders: General Sixt von Arnim takes over Fourth Army from Duke Albrecht of Wurttemberg who now commands his own Flanders Army Group; both in command for duration of war.

Sea War

Channel: 11 German destroyers (Tillessen) raid, (night February 25/26), Dover barrage including 10-minutes shelling of Margate and Broadstairs (4 civilian casualties).
Eastern Atlantic – The ‘Overt Act’: Cunard liner Laconia sunk by U-boat off Fastnet (12 dead including 4 Americans). US President Wilson chooses to regard this latest outrage as conclusive proof of Imperial Germany’s perfidy and bad faith.

Eastern Front

Baltic Provinces: 100 Royal Navy Division PoWs arrive at Reiskatte Reprisal Camp (c.3 miles from Front) to dig trenches, often under Russian fire (until June 10); another 500 PoWs join them.

Diary February 24, 1942

USS Enterprise at sea

USS Enterprise at sea, photographed from a launching carrier aircraft.

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, February 24, 1942:

Sea War

Pacific: WAKE ISLAND RAID. US carrier Enterprise launches air strike against Wake Island (similar attack on nearby Marcus Island, March 4).
Atlantic: US destroyer Truxton and naval transport Pollux reported wrecked in gale off St Lawrence river (189 missing).
Black Sea Struma Affair: Russian submarine Shch-213 sinks decrepit Bulgarian SS Struma carrying 764 Rumanian Jews (only 1 survivor). Turkish authorities had earlier forced vessel’s crew to put to sea because none of the passengers had visas.

Air War

Pacific: Japanese paratroops land on Kupang airfield, Timor.

Politics

Turkey: Von Papen, German Ambassador, narrowly escapes death in assassination attempt.
Vichy France: Government reaffirms her neutrality following US protest against ‘incidental’ aid given to German Afrika Korps.

Occupied Territories

Norway: Norwegian bishops resign their offices in collective protest against Nazi-Quisling oppression.
Holland: Death of L E Bisser, President of Netherlands High Court of Justice until removed by Germans in 1940; active in Jewish welfare work; aged 70.

Diary February 24, 1917

British troops march through the streets of Kut

British troops march through the streets of Kut-el-Amara again.

World War One Diary for Saturday, February 24, 1917:

Middle East

Mesopotamia: Turks abandon Kut, retreat west on Baghdad losing 1,730 PoWs and 4 guns but British Cavalry Division fails to pursue vigorously although 2 armoured cars do damage on February 25. Royal Navy gunboat Mantis re­hoists Union flag at Kut.
Persia: Turk 6th Division falls back from Hamadan to Kermanshah, 2nd Division follows on February 26.

Western Front

Somme: Germans retreat from Serre salient, evacuating Serre, Miraumont, Petit Miraumont, Pys and Warlencourt.

Politics

USA: US London Ambassador Page, having received Zimmermann Telegram from Balfour cables Wilson with news, received with ‘much indignation’ but awaits Secretary of State’s return.