BATTLE OF THE DOGGER BANK - 'On Sunday, January 24th, 1915, a naval engagement tool place between the latest British Dreadnoughts and contemporary German ships, who were surprised on a raiding expedition by Vice Admiral Sir David Beatty's squadron - composed of LION, TIGER, PRINCESS ROYAL, INDOMITABLE, NEW ZEALAND and a light cruiser squadron. The German ships immediately turned tail and made for home, and then began a memorable and terrible fight. The conflict opened at 20 knots. The fact that the LION and TIGER were slightly faster than their opponents, enabled them to pull success almost out of the jaws of the Heligoland minefields, whither the enemy squadron was fleeing for shelter. After three-and-a-half hours fight the end of the BLUECHER was near, and her crew assembled on her quarterdeck, singing patriotic songs as she went down, fighting game to the last. By eleven o'clock in the morning, the fleeing Germans had reached one of their outlying minefields, where both their submarines and naval Zeppelins from Heligoland were able to take part in the action. The Zeppelins merely succeeded in killing some of the drowning sailors of the BLUECHER, whom our destroyers were rescuing, of whci the ARETHUSA picked up nearly 900 (sic) officers and men. No British ships were lost. In all, the enemy lost the BLUECHER, three battle cruisers severely damaged, and probably the KOLBERG sunk by the AURORA. This was the Kaiser's Birthday Gift from the British Navy.' In the event, the Germans lost only BLUECHER, SEYDLITZ was badly damaged and just under 1000 German sailors lost. In fact, the German gunnery was vastly superior to that of the British. Leaving aside the fate of the unfortunate BLUECHER, SEYDLITZ was hit 4 times and DERFFLIGER only 3, whilst LION was hit 16 times and disabled, TIGER 8 times and PRINCESS ROYAL 6 times.