SMS Derfflinger was a battlecruiser of the German Kaiserliche Marine
built in the early 1910s, the lead vessel of the Derfflinger class. The
ships were larger than the previous German battlecruisers, and featured
significant improvements. Derfflinger served in I Scouting Group during
the war and took part in attacks on Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby
in 1914 and Yarmouth and Lowestoft in 1916, as well as the Battle of
Dogger Bank in 1915 and the Battle of Jutland in 1916. At Jutland,
Derfflinger helped to sink the British battlecruisers Queen Mary and
Invincible, but was seriously damaged herself. Derfflinger saw little
activity for the remainder of the war and she was interned with the rest
of the High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow following the armistice in
November 1918. Under the orders of Rear Admiral Ludwig von Reuter, the
interned ships were scuttled on 21 June 1919. (This article is part
of a featured topic: Battlecruisers of the world.).
Today's selected anniversaries:
The Battle of Castillon (depicted), the last conflict of the
Hundred Years' War, ended with the English losing all landholdings in
France except Calais.
The New Zealand Wars resumed as British forces led by General
Duncan Cameron began the Invasion of the Waikato.
RMS Carpathia, which had rescued survivors of the 1912 Titanic
sinking, was sunk by a German U-boat with the loss of five crew.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern
Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. A senior secretary or official with administrative or legal duties,
sometimes in charge of some area of government such as finance or
2. The head of the government in some German-speaking countries.
3. (Christianity) A senior record keeper of a cathedral; a senior legal
officer for a bishop or diocese in charge of hearing cases involving
4. (education) The head of a university, sometimes purely ceremonial.
5. (Britain, government) Short for Chancellor of the Exchequer.
6. (Scotland, law) The foreman of a jury.
7. (US, law) The chief judge of a court of chancery (that is, one
exercising equity jurisdiction).
Wikiquote quote of the day:
"Let byegones be byegones,”—they foolishly say, And bid me
be wise and forget them; But old recollections are active to-day, And
I can do nought but regret them; Though the present be pleasant, all
joyous and gay, And promising well for the morrow, I love to look back
on the years past away, Embalming my byegones in sorrow.
--Martin Farquhar Tupper
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