There were five Queen Elizabeth
class battleships built for the
British Navy, the others being
Warspite, Barham, Valiant
and Malaya. Queen Elizabeth
class battleships were the first
warships to exceed the 27,000 tons
of the US Texas class battleships
that entered service in 1914 with
14inch guns. Queen
deployment was to bombard Turkish
forts along the Dardanelle’s
Strait prior to the Allied landings
at Gallipoli. Due to her undergoing
a refit at the time of Jutland, she
was the only ship in this class to
miss the battle.
After the outbreak of World War
Two, Queen Elizabeth served
with the Mediterranean Fleet until
herself and Valiant were
damaged in the port of Alexandria.
It is thought Italian frogmen using
limpet mines caused the explosions.
After being repaired in America,
she spent the remainder of the war
with the Pacific Fleet in the
battle against Japan. Queen
Elizabeth was decommissioned
after the war and scrapped in 1948
at Dalmuir and Troon/Scotland.
Warspite managed to
survive 15 hits at Jutland and
served throughout the Second World
War seeing action in the
Mediterranean and Pacific before
being scrapped in 1947.
Barham survived serious
damage at Jutland and joined the
Mediterranean fleet during World
War Two. She blew up and sunk
November 25th 1941 after being hit
by three torpedoes from
Valiant was repaired
after Jutland and saw action in the
Mediterranean and Pacific during
World War Two before being
dismantled in 1948.
Malaya also survived
Jutland and served mainly as a
convoy escort during World War Two,
she was scrapped at Faslane in
The five British Sovereign Class
battleships that entered service
between 1916 and 1917 were similar
in size to these ships.
Capital Ships of Britain and
Throughout WWI, The British Navy had
Dreadnought battleships, 41 pre
Dreadnought battleships and 11 modern
Heavy Cruisers that were about the same
size as their dreadnaughts, but with less
armour for faster speed.
Germany had 18 modern Dreadnaughts, 24
pre Dreadnaughts and 7 modern Heavy
The British Navy lost 13 pre
Dreadnaught ships during WWI, mainly to
submarines and mines, and 3 Heavy
Cruisers by gun fire at the Batlle of
The British modern Dreadnaughts rarely
left port during the war as they were
held for major battles, considered too
valuable to be lost to mines or
Germany lost 1 pre Dreadnaught and 1
Heavy Cruiser at Jutland and 2 other pre
Dreadnaughts throughout the war.
Most of the German capital ships
rarely left port during the war and were
interred at Scapa Flow in northern
Scotland at the end of the war. Most were
scuttled at Scapa Flow 21st June 1919 by
their German crews to prevent them from
being used by other nations.