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    Posted: 29 Aug 2017 at 3:03pm
The last shot fired by a main battery gun aboard a German battleship was in 1952.

The battleship Schlesien was built at Danzig in 1904-1908.  She was present at the fleet action in the Battle of Jutland in 1916 then assigned as a training ship.  Held in reserve but not turned over to the Allied powers in 1918 she was re-activated in 1927 and served again as a training vessel.  Re-assigned as a convoy escort ship in the Eastern Baltic during World War Two she sank after striking a mine in the north western Pommeranian Bight then was further destroyed by explosive charges on 4 May 1945.  For several years Schlesien was used as a bombing and artillery target by the Soviets then was turned over to the German Democratic Republic (East Germany).  They started cutting up the wreckage then in 1952 by accident triggered one of the remaining heavy guns which was loaded.  No one was injured and no further damage was recorded.  There was most likely a short break for a change to clean underwear before work resumed.  Work on the wreckage continued until 1957.

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Always check to make sure it is unloaded. I lost count of the number of bring back monkey rifles I have examined that were loaded. I guess it would be the last shot fired from the Vietnam War if one of them went off. I don't doubt some have.
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