The German battleship fleet of 1914 was both the cause and the product of the battleship race between Britain and Germany.
The Brandenburg class was the first class of modern battleships built in Germany.
The Kaiser class of battleships set the pattern for all succeeding German pre-dreadnoughts.
The Wittelsbach class of pre-dreadnought battleships were significant as the first such ships to be built under the First Naval Act of 1898.
The Braunschweig class battleships were a significant improvement over previous German pre-dreadnaughts. They were bigger, faster and better armed