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Naval battle of Trondheim
The battle between the KMS Moltke and the HMS Lancaster
About this creation
Very Important: This story happened in a alternate world, a world with a similar Second World War, but with more warships being built before the war began in 1939. The German navy had the technically more advanced warships in the world, although England had much more ships.
In this world, the Nazi Germany builds between 1935 and 1941 a total of 14 battleships, 6 Battlecruisers and 5 carriers to sink all the convoys that keep England alive.

The plot:

In April 1940, after the successful invasion of Norway, the Kriegsmarine (The Third Reich navy) begins it’s patrols to protect the long seashore of Norway. The main problem for the Nazis was the British landings ships, which continue to invade the north of the country to recapture the Narvik Harbor.

Although the british navy had lost in the naval battles of Narvik and Vikna a total of 2 battleships (HMS Resolution and HMS Valiant), 1 Battlecruiser (HMS Cougar) and 1 carrier (HMS Glorious), the recapture of Norway was extremely important, in order to finish the crucial transports of iron from Norway to feed the war machine of Germany.

This is the "what if" story of the end of the Norway campaign.

The battle of Trondheim

450km distance from Trondheim, the British convoy sails at 9 knots with clean weather conditions. Their target: the fiord of Narvik, in the north of Norway.
Although the British lack any near escort from destroyers, very few German submarines are believe to patrol the area.

The blue sky was an invitation to “Charlie” shows up (Charlie was the code name for the long range German reconnaissance aircraft)

And they were not wrong. Suddenly, a small Arado Ar-196 appeared at low altitude... however, the Ar-196 was a recce airplane that was carried in the battleships and Battlecruisers of the German navy... and that wasn’t a good thing...

Minutes later, the periscope from a U-boot (a German submarine) appear at some distance. The British ships increased their speed to run away from him... but still, the U-boot didn’t look really interested in the 5 unprotected ships...

And there was a GOOD reason for that. 20 minutes later, the british ships detected a large German ship closing fast... it was the battleship Moltke, armed with 8 420mm (16,5”) guns!

On the British ships, the surprise, the fear, the horror stroked the crew.
They didn’t have guns to fight, and they couldn’t run, because the German ship was 3 times faster!

And the range was decreasing fast...

Before anything could be done, the Moltke open fire, sinking one cargo ship with a near hit!
Huge columns of water erupt around the small british ships...

And the "battle" continues...

The british decide to flee, making a fast turn but keeping themselves near from each other.

In the middle of the turn, one ship passes near the U-boot U-83... And it’s sent to the bottom of the sea...

The fleeing cargo ships had nowhere to hide... it was just a matter of time before all of them had been sunk... when suddenly...

The help arrived just in time... and what a help!
It was the British battleship Lancaster, a modified King Georg V battleship, armed with 12 356mm (14") guns!

The British battleship opens fire with all the main guns, while the cargo ships flee at full speed to Scapa Flow.

"- Protect the cargo ships at all costs!
Hundreds of lives depend on us!!!"

But on the German ship...

- "Admiral! It’s an English battleship... perhaps a Lancaster class..."
- "This is bad... stop the battle with the cargo ships, this is a very serious menace..."
- "Should we request air support? We are near the shore..."
- "Are you insane Kapitan? We can win this battle easily, a glorious victory for the REICH!"
- "YES, SIR!!!

The two ships exchange shells to each other...

Most of them miss their target...

But the Germans are the first to make a hit, destroying the second quadruple turret of the Lancaster, killing 54 English sailors and 3 officers...

However, the fire is quickly controlled, before the magazines under the tower could explode...

At the same time, a shell from the british ship hit the aircraft catapult of the Moltke, and then...

Then, tower "Bruno" was hit by a shell, a perfect revenge...

Both ships are now damaged...

So both sides begin to retreat since they had achieved their goals...

The Germans called this battle a victory...
They had sunk 2 cargo ships and prevented a new invasion of Norway...

But at the same time, the British had managed to protect almost all of its invasion force, a disaster transformed into a moral victory!

Twenty miles later, the fire on both ships are extinguished... the Arado Ar-196 flies over the Lancaster, steaming at full speed to reunite with the 3 surviving cargo ships.

The Arado now needs to race to the Norway shore...

The battle finished... or not...

Thanks for everything

And hope you enjoy my new MOC.



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  December 30, 2011
As usual, it looks really good. Say, I was wondering, would you be interested in joining this group?
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  May 7, 2011
very nice.I'll be making a kms bismarck soon once a know how to upload pictures.....
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  October 28, 2010
I love the combination of history and the creativity of the design.
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  October 25, 2010
Brilliant work! The columns are brilliant as well =P great stuff!
João Eínon
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  September 3, 2010
AWESOME. I like the story.
  May 31, 2010
That depends on what you want to do. The Yamato style needs constructive space inside the hull otherwise the plates will fall off. The Tirpitz style does not need this and you will be able to build interior. However the Tirpitz style forces you to calculate the complete hull before building otherwise it will not look smooth (took me 6 months to find a good solution for that). But after that I think it is easier to build. I tried the Yamato style on smaller objects but I never got a good result (perhaps I need more practice ;-)
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  May 31, 2010
Quoting Mr. Inkognito A nice method of bringing history knowledge to the folks :-) And well done as always. You should try to build the hull with plates instead of bricks. I my opinion it looks a lot smoother.
I agree with you, Mr. Inkognito. But are you suggesting to use plates on the hull like JunLego made his Yamato or like you do in your own Tirpitz? Eínon
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  May 30, 2010
A nice method of bringing history knowledge to the folks :-) And well done as always. You should try to build the hull with plates instead of bricks. I my opinion it looks a lot smoother.
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  May 25, 2010
Interesting! That's what the admiralty disliked the most about Goring, his unwillingness to assemble a fleet air arm as the British had. It cost them the Bismark, and the Tirpitz. Great job! Keep it going -Ultra.
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  May 25, 2010
Very educating and well presented.
By João Eínon
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