The Northern German Defence Line 1916-18 (Sicherungsstellung
During a meeting in the German General Staff i
1916, the amy are promised support and materials for arming and manning the German
defence line in Jutland. As mentioned elsewhere, the Germans needed men on both the eastern and the
western front. Several medium
batteries already consisted of naval guns and naval gunners from
the former forts around Kiel. These forts were from late 19th. century.
As in Denmark, these heavy
forts were considered old and useless, and therefore partly abandoned.
Beside the medium guns from the coastal batteries, the Navy came up with 6
pcs. of 24 cm. guns. They were not special modern, but
scrapped from the former armoured
coastal defence ships of the Sigfried-class from the 1890´s.
Odin (1894) and Frithiof (1891) were part of the 6. flotille of the Baltic
fleet. The guns were the main armament of the ships, and
in single og double turrets.
SMS Odin, single gun
It has been questioned
if it were the originally armoured turrets that were used in the Defence
Line, or new ones were made. According
to the pictures above it can't be established. Both the main armamant and pictures of the casemat guns of the period, shows the turrets
that is shaped as a barrel, with a high profile. The turrets photographed in the defence line has a very low profile.
It might also have been,
that only the upper part of the turret was used.
The gun at Gammelskov Battery
It might be the
original naval turrets, that is lowered in the platform.
The defence line considered a reserve, it might have been af unneccesary
waste of ressources to
build new armoured turrets.