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It might be that everyone knows this except me, but why was  "Baden I" so named? There was no "Baden II" afaik, and it's not usual to call something Something I until there's a Something II. It doesn't seem to be a misprint - it can be seen painted on the hull in a number of photos. Presumably it's a Roman Numeral I, not a capital "i".



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Baden II was SMS Baden (launched 1915), by that time flagship of the HSF. Baden I had been SMS Baden (launched 1888), which however had been decommissioned in 1910. So, 505 was declared a true landship by naming it Baden I. - And there may well have been a second meaning to that pun as the detachment commander, Otto Uihlein, was an officer of the Baden army contingent. 



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There might be another meaning as well - Joseph Vollmer - designer of the A7V - was born in Baden-Baden.

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Charlie

 



-- Edited by CharlieC on Wednesday 12th of April 2017 09:18:56 AM

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Oh, brilliant! Thank you, citizens.



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