||Rammed by a torpedo boat, damaging cruiser's stern.
||Training and trials.
||Sent into the Baltic Sea.
||Together with the cruiser Augsburg
, the mine layer Rügen and several torpedoboats and mine hunters, the Elbing
lays a mine barrier off Lyserort.
||Ordered into the North Sea.
||Repairs in Danzig.
||Attached to the 2nd Reconnaisance Group.
||Fleet operation with several battlecruisers to cover returning torpedo boat flotillas.
|21 - 22.04.1916:
||Fleet operation into the North Sea without any enemy contact.
|24 - 25.04.1916:
||Cover operation for the bombardment of Great Yarmouth.
||Battle of Jutland:
As part of the 1st reconnaissance group, the Elbing
takes part in the battle. The ship is hit once, killing 4 crew members, wounding 12. During the night battle, the cruiser is rammed by the battleship Posen
at 0:30, disabling all engines and generators. About two hours later, the crew is taken over by the torpedo boat S53
, at 03:00 the ship is sunk by explosive charges when British ships came into sight.