The 30.5 cm SK L/50 gun was a heavy German gun mounted on 16 of the 26 German capital ships built shortly before World War I. Designed in 1908, it fired a shell in diameter and entered service in 1911 when the four s carrying it were commissioned into the High Seas Fleet.It was also fitted on the subsequent five and four s and the three s. The guns were used to great effect at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May – 1 June 1916, when the two Derfflinger-class ships, and , used them to destroy the British battlecruisers and . The gun was eventually superseded in German naval use by the much larger and more powerful 38 cm SK L/45.Before World War I, 30.5 cm SK L/50 guns were emplaced on the islands of Helgoland and Wangerooge to defend Germany's North Sea coast. One battery was emplaced during the war to defend the port of Zeebrugge in Occupied Flanders. The guns on Helgoland were destroyed by the victorious Allies at the end of the war, but the battery at Wange
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