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Most rounds fired in anger during WW1


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Hi. By chance does anyone know which Royal Navy ship fired the most shells in action during WW1. 

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Whilst chasing von Spee's squadron at the Falklands, HMS Inflexible fired as many as 600 twelve inch shells during the pursuit of the Gneisenau, exhausting most of her magazine stock.   I believe that there was some criticism of the amount of shells expended. 

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IMO firing in anger doesn't really count - it's hits that do.

 

Before her disastrous end, HMS Invincible did some of the best shooting of any ship at Jutland, with (IIRC) 8 hits on KM ships from 48 rounds fired.

 

OTOH I think there was another RN battlecruiser that fired over 200 rounds of heavy calibre and hit nothing.

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