German Building Program: Second Bill of 1900

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German Building Program: Second Bill of 1900

Post by Tiornu » Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:05 pm

I know that the bill specified battleship squadrons of eight ships. What I'd like to know is if there are any details of the tactical reasoning involved. Does anyone have this document? Does anyone have Herwig's book Luxury Fleet?

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Post by foeth » Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:45 am

IIRC, the bill was matching the exact number of ships the German yards could build at that time.

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Post by Ulrich Rudofsky » Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:42 pm

Apparently, Professor Herwig could be contacted at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada:


Dr. Holger H. Herwig
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Post by Tiornu » Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:05 pm

I remember he stopped by the board once, many moons ago. I was hoping he'd stick around, but I guess not.

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Re: German Building Program: Second Bill of 1900

Post by RF » Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:41 am

Was a strategic purpose ever properly defined for the HSF, other than to feed the ego of the Kaiser? Was there any proper strategic planning for a naval war against any of Britain, France and the USA?
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Re: German Building Program: Second Bill of 1900

Post by Kyler » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:51 pm

The stated reason in "Dreadnought" is that Tirpitz wanted the purchase and construction done in groups of 8 so that the politicans in the Reichstag could not interfere in their construction from year to year. The ulimate idea was the purchase of two 8 ship battleship squadrons, with a flag ship and at least 4 in reserve.
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Re: German Building Program: Second Bill of 1900

Post by RF » Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:46 am

This was for the construction of the HSF so that the politicians couldn't interfere and put a break on the project, rather than define a precise military and strategic role for these ''ships of the line.'' The spit and polish, and the prestige, was the aim - to please his majesty the Kaiser.
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