SINKING OF THE BLUECHER IN THE BATTLE OF THE DOGGER BANK - 'On January 24th, a 'wireless' from his light cruisers and destroyers ahead warned Sir David Beatty of the proximity of enemy ships and told their force. At top speed, at 23.5 knots, the British battlecruisers LION, TIGER, PRINCESS ROYAL, INDOMITABLE and NEW ZEALAND steered to meet the enemy. They sighted them not far from the Dogger Bank, heading towards the British coast: three battlecruisers, DERFFLINGER, SEYDLITZ and MOLTKE and the armoured cruiser BLUECHER, biggest and most powerful ship of her type in existence, together with light cruisers and destroyers. The Germans, on seeing our ships, turned and ran for port. LION led, opening fire at 20,000 yards. TIGER, PRINCESS ROYAL and NEW ZEALAND also attacked the rearmost German, BLEUCHER, hard hit by the British 13.5 inch shells, began to show signs of distress. Leaving BLUECHER to her consorts, LION passed on to overtake the leaders, if possible, before they gained the refuge of their minefields. TIGER, PRINCESS ROYAL AND NEW ZEALAND between them rendered BLEUCHER 'hors de combat' and her crew assembled on her quarterdeck singing patriotic songs as she went down, fighting game to the last. The ARETHUSA and some destroyers stood by to save life.' Exactly how many men died on the BLEUCHER is a matter of debate: somewhere between 800 and 1000. She stood no chance against the British battlecruisers and was abandoned to her fate by Hipper to allow the rest of his squadron to escape.