SMS Oldenburg was the fourth Helgoland-class battleship of the Imperial
German Navy. Built between 1909 and 1912 at the Schichau-Werke shipyard
in Danzig, Oldenburg was assigned to I Battle Squadron of the High Seas
Fleet for most of her career, including World War I. Oldenburg
participated in all of the major fleet operations during the conflict
against the British Grand Fleet, including the Battle of Jutland on
31 May and 1 June 1916, the largest naval battle of the war. The ship
also saw action in the Baltic Sea against the Imperial Russian Navy.
After the German collapse in November 1918, most of the High Seas Fleet
was interned and then scuttled in Scapa Flow during the peace
negotiations. The four Helgoland-class ships remained in Germany but
were ceded to the Allied powers as war reparations; Oldenburg was given
to Japan, which sold the vessel to a British ship-breaking firm in 1920.
She was scrapped in Dordrecht in 1921. (This article is part of a
featured topic: Battleships of Germany.).
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