In the first decade of the 20th century, the Royal Navy played a very successful deception upon their rivals across the North Sea in Germany. As the HMS Invincible Class battlecruiser (originally listed as an armored cruiser) was being designed and built, it was leaked that the class would be improved from the preceding HMS Defense Class in that, in stead of having a mixed battery of 9.2 and 7.5-inch guns, it would have a uniform armament of all 9.2-inch guns. The High Seas Fleet took the bait and designed their next armored cruiser to match the supposed design. That design became the SMS Blucher, mounting twelve 8.1-inch guns in six turrets, arranged as in the Nassau Class Battleships. When the truth became known that the Invincibles would have 12-Inch guns and not the leaked 9.2-inch guns, it was too late for changes to the Blucher and the German Navy was stuck with a design that was neither fish nor fowl.

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The Blucher was placed with the battlecruiser squadron but she was slower than either the German or British battlecruisers. When the two battlecruiser squadrons met at Dogger Bank in 1915, Blucher was the rear most ship in the German line. The British flagship, HMS Lion was disabled, and due to a mix-up in signals, the British line concentrated fire on the poor Blucher, allowing the German battlecruisers to escape. Although the Battle of Dogger Bank provided one of the most memorable photographs of the naval war of World War One, of the Blucher turning turtle, the German battlecruisers had their revenge the next year at Jutland.

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WSW has produced a 1:700 scale model of the SMS Blucher. No German battlecruiser collection is complete without this hybrid, super armored cruiser/inferior battlecruiser. Quintin Trammell has built the WSW kit of the ill fated SMS Blucher.

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