This is a postcard of the S. M. S. Herta. She was a part of the five-ship Viktoria Luise Großer Kreuzer Klasse (Heavy Cruiser Class). These ships were the precursors of the German Navy’s battle cruisers. The S. M. S. Herta did see service in the Indian Ocean and Asia. These ships were unsuitable for service during WW I. The Herta spent her time as a patrol boat and a ship’s barracks. The postcard depicts the ship in profile. It was never used.