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SMS Rheinland

Summary
SMS Rheinland was one of four s, the first dreadnoughts built for the German Imperial Navy (Kaiserliche Marine). Rheinland mounted twelve main guns in six twin turrets in an unusual hexagonal arrangement. The navy built Rheinland and her sister ships in response to the revolutionary British , which had been launched in 1906. Rheinland was laid down in June 1907, launched the following year in October, and commissioned in April 1910. Rheinlands extensive service with the High Seas Fleet during World War I included several fleet advances into the North Sea, some in support of raids against the English coast conducted by the German battlecruisers of I Scouting Group. These sorties culminated in the Battle of Jutland on 31 May – 1 June 1916, in which Rheinland was heavily engaged by British destroyers in close-range night fighting. The ship also saw duty in the Baltic Sea, as part of the support force for the Battle of the Gulf of Riga in 1915. She returned to the Baltic as the c
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