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 20, 1942

Recovery of a supply bomb in Demiansk 'Cauldron'.

Recovery of a supply bomb in Demiansk ‘Cauldron’.

WW2 War Diary for Friday, February 20, 1942:

Air War

Eastern Front – Demiansk Airlift: force of Ju 52s (increasing from 40 in February to 300 in May) maintains trapped German 16th Army in Demiansk ‘Cauldron’, north of Smolensk, losing 262 aircraft.
Pacific: F4F Wildcat fighter flown by Lt ‘Butch’ O’Hare, of USS Lexington, shoots down 5 Mitsubishi G4M Betty bombers in ten minutes near Gilbert Islands.

Eastern Front

German frostbite casualties now total 112,627, including 14,357 requiring amputation.

Pacific

East Indies: Japanese land on Timor Island (Dutch and Portugese), north of Australia (occupation completed February 24).

Neutrals

Vichy France: THE RIOM WAR GUILT TRIAL. Vichy French Supreme Court, sitting at Riom, near Clermont-Ferrand, examines ex-Prime Ministers Daladier and Blum, General Gamelin and others on charges of being ‘responsible for the defeat of France’. Accused later deported to Germany and Court dissolved, June 13, 1942.

Sea War

Atlantic: Italian submarine group Da Vinci (4 boats) sinks 14 merchantmen (February 20-March 24) in the Caribbean.

Diary February 20, 1917

donations for war orphans

A Hungarian poster calls for donations for war orphans.

World War One Diary for Tuesday, February 20, 1917:

Secret War

Austria: Note invites Prince Sixtus to Vienna for peace talks. Emperor Charles hints at separate peace.

Middle East

Arabia – First major raid on Hejaz Railway: Captain Garland’s 50 Arabs from Wejh blow up engine and bridge at Toweira.
Sinai: British surprise and take Turk posts at Nakhi and Bir-el-Hassana.

Sea War

Western Mediterranean: French cruiser­-minelayer Cassini sinks on UC-35 mine in Bonifacio Straits.

Neutrals

USA: Wilson asks for powers from Congress.

Diayr February 19, 1942

burning ships in the Port of Darwin

Picture taken by a Japanese pilot of burning ships in the Port of Darwin.

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, February 19, 1942:

Sea War

Pacific: THE DARWIN RAID. Japanese Carrier Force and land-based bombers make devastating strikes on Port Darwin, sinking or damaging 16 ships and panicking civilian population (172 killed, 349 injured aboard ships); heavy civilian casualties.
Dutch East Indies: Japanese land on Bali.
Battle of Lombok Strait (night February 19-20): 2 Dutch-American squadrons have several fierce engagements with Japanese naval units east of Bali. Dutch cruiser Tromp damaged and a destroyer sunk; 1 Japanese destroyer badly damaged.
Atlantic: U-boat U-161 attacks shipping in Port of Spain (Trinidad). British troopships are temporarily diverted elsewhere for refuelling.

Home Fronts

Britain – Government reshuffle: Attlee, Deputy Prime Minister and Dominions Secretary; Cripps, Lord Privy Seal; Beaverbrook leaves government.

Diary February 19, 1917

decoded Zimmermann telegram

The decoded Zimmermann telegram to the German ambassador in Mexico.

World War One Diary for Monday, February 19, 1917:

Secret War

Britain: Royal Navy Room 40 deciphers Zimmermann Telegram full text, shows it to US Embassy, Balfour gives Hall free hand on February 20.

Western front

Flanders: British take 114 PoWs in raid east of Ypres.
Somme: Germans with flamethrowers capture British post and 30 PoWs south of Le Transloy.

African Fronts

East Africa: NRFF engages Kraut’s rearguard near Litembo and Captain Wintgens’ 500 men, 3 guns and 13 MGs near Tandala, saving that post (Wintgens heading north on own solo raid ­until October 2).