A group of scientists led by Claudia Hartl published some exciting new research in April 2018. And dendrochronology, which involves analyzing tree rings and tying the rings to specific dates, was at the heart of it. The practice is also known as tree-ring dating, and it can help experts to better understand historic climatic conditions. But in an unlikely turn of events, the scientists’ research has also revealed an astonishing fact about the Tirpitz, Nazi Germany’s largest battleship.
Actually, the Tirpitz wasn’t just the largest German battleship; at the time, she was the largest battleship ever launched by a European navy. Construction started on this leviathan in 1936, and the ship’s hull was launched in April 1939 in the presence of Adolf Hitler himself.