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Siege of Tsingtau, 2.9.-7.11.1914

Main sources: (1261), (1262), (1263), (1264)(1265)(1266)

German Forces


Was on East Pacific tour on beginning of the war
Große Kreuzer
Scharnhorst, Gneisenau

SMS Scharnhorst (SMS Scharnhorst Class), SMS Scharnhorst (SMS Scharnhorst Class) (1/1250)
Leichte Kreuzer
Nürnberg, Leipzig, Dresden

SMS Leipzig (Bremen class) (1/1250), SMS Emden 1908/14 (Dresden class), SMS Nürnberg 1914 (Stuttgart class), SMS Nürnberg 1908 (Stuttgart class) (1/1250), SMS Emden (Dresden class), SMS Dresden (Dresden class)
Detachment Indian Ocean
Emden, AMC Prinz Eitel Friedrich, AMC Cormoran II (s.u.)

SMS Emden 1908/14 (Dresden class), SMS Emden (Dresden class), SMS Prinz Eitel Friedrich 1914 (SMS Prinz Eitel Friedrich 1914) (1/1250)
Vaterland and Otter were cruising on the upper Yangtze, Jaguar on the lower Yangtze, Tsingtau on the West River (above Canton). Luchs was at Shanghai, S90 at Chifu.

SMS Vaterland / Li-Sui / Pekin (Tsingtau class) (1/1250), SMS Otter / Li-Tsieh (SMS Otter 1910) (1/1250), SMS Luchs (Iltis class) (1/1250), SMS Iltis 1898 (Iltis class) (1/1250), SMS Otter 1910 (SMS Otter 1910)

Defense of Tsingtau

kuk Kaiserin Elisabeth
Protected Cruiser

SMS Kaiser Franz Josef I (kuk) 1892 (Kaiser Franz Josef I class)
S 90

SMS S90 1899 (Großes Torpedoboot 1898)
Iltis, Jaguar, Tiger, Luchs Only Jaguar in full service - the others equipped their weapons to the AMC

SMS Iltis 1898 (Iltis class) (1/1250), SMS Luchs (Iltis class) (1/1250)
Im Trockendock, ausser Dienst gestellt

SMS Geier (Bussard cruiser class) (1/1250), SMS Bussard 1892 (Geier) (Bussard cruiser class)
gekaperter russischer Dampfer Ryazan als Hilfskreuzer Cormoran mit der Mannschaft des leichten Kreuzers Cormoran. Ab 27.8. zum Kreuzergeschwader(153)
Tsingtau, ex-tug 582ts, 43,4m. Laid 3 mine barrages. 29.9.1914 sunk. She was raised and repaired by the japanese and served as salvage tug under different names : 191x Shirogame, 1933 Sanogawa Maru, 193x Sanogawa Maru No. 2 and 193x Hakuun Maru until May 30, 1945 when she sunk definitely by mine at Kataka (663)(153)
Mobile infantery attached artillery secion
5 redoubts, searchlights, wall, ditch, barbed wire
Iltis Hill battery: two 10.5 cm., six old (Chinese) 12 cm. guns, searchlights
Moltke Hill battery: two 10.5 cm. guns, searchlights
12 open gun pits sheltered twenty-two 3.7 cm., twenty-two 9 cm. and six old (Chinese) 12 cm. guns
2 Rumpler Taube airplanes, 1 kite-balloon, 1 meteorological balloon
Planet, Peilbiite III, IV(1267)

Allied Forces

1st Fleet (Direct Attack)

1st Flottilla (Only in the beginning)

Kongo, Hiei

Kirishima (Kongo Class), Kongo 1914 (Kongo Class)
Kurama, Tsukuba

Ibuki 1909 (Ibuki 1909 class) (1/1250), Tsukuba 1907 (Tsukuba 1907), Kurama 1911 (Ibuki 1909 class)

3rd Flottilla

Aki, Settsu, Kawachi

Aki (Satsuma class) (1/1250), Settsu 1912 (Kawachi class), Settsu (Kawachi class) (1/1250), Settsu 1940 (Kawachi class)

5th Flottilla

Yahagi, Hirado, Niitake

Hirado 1912 (Chikuma class 1912) (1/1250), Tsushima 1904 (Niitaka class), Tsushima 1911 (Niitaka class) (1/1250)

1st Destroyer Flottilla

2nd Fleet (Seaside Fire Support, Transports Protection)

2nd Flottilla

Suwo ex Pobieda, Iwami ex Orel, Tango ex Poltawa, Okinoshima ex General Admiral Apraksin, Mishima ex Admiral Senjavin

Peresvet 1898 (Peresvet class), Iwami ex Oryol (Borodino class), Knyaz Suvorov 1904 (Borodino class), Poltava (Poltava class) (1/1250), Tango 1905 ex Poltawa (Poltava class), Mishima ex Admiral Senyavin (Admiral Ushakov class), General Admiral Graf Apraksin / Okinoshima (Admiral Ushakov class) (1/1250)

4th Flottilla

Iwate, Yakumo, Tokiwa

Iwate (Izumo class cruiser), Iwate 1902 (Izumo class cruiser), Yakumo, Asama 1899 (Asama class), Tokiwa (Asama class)

6th Flottilla

Chitose, Akitsushima, Chiyoda

Kasagi 1898 (Kasagi class), Akitsushima 1899, Chiyoda 1890 (Chiyoda 1890)

2nd Destroyer Flottilla

Destroyer division, T-Boat division
16 destroyers

Seaplane detachment

Seaplane tender
Wakamiya. Flew the first air raid of history


3rd Fleet (no action?)

Protected Cruiser
Tsushima, Yodo, Mogami

Tsushima 1904 (Niitaka class), Tsushima 1911 (Niitaka class) (1/1250), Yodo 1912 (Yodo class) (1/1250), Yodo 1908 (Yodo class), Mogami 1908 (Yodo class)
Uji, Saga(1268)

Similar type Chiang Yuan (Kiang Yuan class),
Kit candidate: Gunboat Saga by Seed

British Detachment


HMS Triumph ex Libertad (Swiftsure class (Chile)) (1/1250), HMS Triumph ex Libertad (Swiftsure class (Chile))
Varying patrols of 1-3 destroyers. Usk, Kennet (River class)
destroyer Kennet damaged by S90 and coastal battery

Similar style SMS S90 1899 (Großes Torpedoboot 1898)
Hospital Ship

Unknown assignment

Protected Cruiser
Takachiho † by S90 17.10.1914

Naniwa 1885 (Naniwa class|Naniwa|Elswick Type Cruiser)
Shirotaye († by Jaguar 2.9.14), Yamashiko (no ship with this name in the IJN), Usugomo, Destroyer Division (5ships), T-Boat Division (3ships)(1268)

Similar type Harusame (1903) (Harusame 1903 class), Murakumo (Murakumo class), Kagero 1902 (Murakumo class) (1/1250)
Tone, Akashi
early phase

Dupleix 1903


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(153)a b Gröner, Jung, Maass: Kriegsschiffe 1815-1945, Bernard & Graefe Verlag Koblenz 1985
(1261) Harald Pöcher, Japan in the First World War, 2015
(1262) Übersetzung von Pocher in
(1263) Wilhelm M.Donko, Japan im Krieg gegen Österreich-Ungarn 1914-18, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-8442-7856-9
(1264) Tsingtao Campaign by Colin Denis, Japan in the Great War: Diplomacy & Internal Politics, archived on
(1268)a b , based on Kampf der Kaiserlichen in den deutschen Kolonien, E. Mittler und Sohn, Berlin, 1935

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