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Quiz about Dreadnought Battleships Part 1Europe
Quiz about Dreadnought Battleships Part 1Europe

Dreadnought Battleships Part 1:Europe Quiz


Built in the early 20th century, the dreadnought was the first battleship class built on the "all big gun" concept. What do you know about this class of warship?

A multiple-choice quiz by Reamar42. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Reamar42
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
404,333
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Question 1 of 10
1. What country built the original dreadnought battleship, and in what year was she commissioned? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Germany and Great Britain had been naval rivals since the 1890s, and Germany lost no time in designing and building her own dreadnought-type ships. What was the name of Germany's first dreadnought-class of ships?
Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. France had just begun building a large class of pre-dreadnought battleships and had to complete them before building her own dreadnoughts. What was the name of the first French dreadnought class? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. The Imperial Russian Navy had to rebuild its fleet virtually from scratch after the 1905 defeat by Japan at Tsushima. What was their first class of dreadnoughts called? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Italy also participated in the dreadnought-building frenzy, as having these ships in the fleet was a prerequisite to being considered as a great power. What was the name of the first Italian dreadnought? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was one of the smaller European navies, but also aspired to be one of the great powers by building dreadnoughts. What was the name of her first class of these ships? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. The Ottoman Empire, another navy aspiring to Great Power status, did not have the shipbuilding capacity to construct large capital ships, so contracted with British yards to have them built. The Turks never received any of the ships contracted in Britain; where did their first dreadnought come from? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Spain, with technical assistance from Britain, also built three dreadnoughts, which were the smallest of the type ever constructed. What was the class name? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. How many dreadnought battleships did Greece build or procure prior to 1925? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Did the Netherlands ever build dreadnought battleships for its fleet or for a foreign power?



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What country built the original dreadnought battleship, and in what year was she commissioned?

Answer: Great Britain 1906

HMS Dreadnought was built very quickly and was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1906. At once, all of the other battleships in the world were rendered obsolete, as Dreadnought was faster and better armed than anything else afloat. This began an arms race among all the major naval powers of the world. She served throughout World War I and was scrapped in 1921.
2. Germany and Great Britain had been naval rivals since the 1890s, and Germany lost no time in designing and building her own dreadnought-type ships. What was the name of Germany's first dreadnought-class of ships?

Answer: Nassau class

There were four ships built in the Nassau class: Nassau, Posen, Rheinland, and Westfalen. All four ships were completed in 1910 and served in World War I. The ships were surrendered to the Allies at the end of the war, but were scrapped in 1924 due to their age.
3. France had just begun building a large class of pre-dreadnought battleships and had to complete them before building her own dreadnoughts. What was the name of the first French dreadnought class?

Answer: Courbet class

The first dreadnoughts built for France were the four ships of the Courbet class, all of which were completed in 1914. Courbet was sunk as a breakwater during the Normandy landings in June 1944. France was wrecked in Quiberon Bay in 1922. Paris served in both World Wars and was scrapped in 1956. Jean Bart was converted into training ship in 1934 and renamed Ocean in 1937, before being scrapped in 1945.
4. The Imperial Russian Navy had to rebuild its fleet virtually from scratch after the 1905 defeat by Japan at Tsushima. What was their first class of dreadnoughts called?

Answer: Gangut class

The Russian Gangut class had some of the strangest careers of any dreadnoughts ever built. They were the first ships to have triple rather than double gun turrets, an innovation later utilized by almost all other navies. Serving in World War I mostly in a shore bombardment role, they were captured by various sides during the Russian Civil War, including Russia's former allies, renamed, and lasted through World War II. The four ships were Gangut, Petropavlovsk, Sevastopol, and Poltava. All four were completed in 1911 and scrapped in the 1950s.
5. Italy also participated in the dreadnought-building frenzy, as having these ships in the fleet was a prerequisite to being considered as a great power. What was the name of the first Italian dreadnought?

Answer: Dante Alighieri

The first Italian dreadnought was Dante Alighieri, named for the famous Italian writer. She was completed in 1913. She spent World War I escorting Allied convoys and keeping the Austro-Hungarian fleet from breaking out into the Mediterranean. She was scrapped in 1928.
6. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was one of the smaller European navies, but also aspired to be one of the great powers by building dreadnoughts. What was the name of her first class of these ships?

Answer: Tegetthoff class

The four ships of the Tegetthoff class - Tegetthoff, Virubis Unitus, Prinz Eugen and Szent Istvan - spent the World War I years performing shore bombardments along the Italian coast and being laid up in port due to internal problems in the Empire. Tegetthoff was scrapped in 1924, Prinz Eugen was allocated to France as part of the peace treaty and was sunk as a target in 1922. Both Szent Istvan and Viribis Unitus were sunk during the war.
7. The Ottoman Empire, another navy aspiring to Great Power status, did not have the shipbuilding capacity to construct large capital ships, so contracted with British yards to have them built. The Turks never received any of the ships contracted in Britain; where did their first dreadnought come from?

Answer: Germany

The Ottoman navy had contracted with British yards for several dreadnoughts, and had arranged to purchase a ship being built for Brazil. At the outbreak of World War I, however, these ships were seized and entered service in the British Royal Navy. A German battlecruiser, the Goeben, entered Turkish waters to escape from Allied ships and "joined " the Ottoman navy.

She was renamed Yavuz Sultan Selim and was only scrapped in 1973.
8. Spain, with technical assistance from Britain, also built three dreadnoughts, which were the smallest of the type ever constructed. What was the class name?

Answer: Espana class

The three Espana class ships were named Espana, Alfonso XIII, and Jaime I. Espana ran aground in 1923 off the North African coast, and finally sank in a storm in 1924.Alfonso XIII was renamed Espana in 1931 and sank after striking a mine in1937 during the Spanish Civil War. Jaime I suffered an internal explosion and sank in 1937.
9. How many dreadnought battleships did Greece build or procure prior to 1925?

Answer: None

Greece, while looking to maintain a naval balance with her hereditary enemy, the Ottoman Empire, also lacked the technology to build their own dreadnoughts. They had contracted for at least one ship from Germany, but with the outbreak of World War I, the ship was cancelled. Greece did purchase two pre-dreadnoughts from the USA, Idaho and Mississippi, and renamed the Lemnos and Kilkis. Both were sunk by German bombers in World War II.
10. Did the Netherlands ever build dreadnought battleships for its fleet or for a foreign power?

Answer: No

The Netherlands had a substantial colonial empire in the early 20th century, and had what was thought to be an adequate navy to guard it until the dreadnought era began. After much debate, it was decided that the new ships were too expensive for the Dutch economy and none were ever laid down.
Source: Author Reamar42

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