German Ships Involved

Cruisers

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Deutschland/Lützow (Deutschland Class)
General Details
Nationality German
Type Panzer ship/Reclassified as heavy cruiser 15.02.1940
Builder Deutsche Werke, Kiel. Germany
Laid down 5 February 1929
Launched 19 May 1931
Commissioned 1 April 1933
Fate Blown up 4 May 1945 (Swinemünde)
Cost 80 Mio Reichsmark
Commanders Hermann v. Fischel April 1933 - September 1935
Paul Fanger September 1935 - September 1937
Paul Werner Wenneker October 1937 - November 1939
August Thiele December 1939 - April 1940
Weber 14 April 1940 - 15 June 1940
Heller 16 June 1940 - 8 August 1940
Leo Kreisch 31 March 1941 - July 1941
Rudolf Stange July 1941 - November 1943
Leo Kreisch (i.V.) September 1941 - January 1942
Bieserfeld November 1943 - December 1943
Bodo-Heinrich Knocke January 1944 - April 1945
Ernst Lange April 1945 - May 1945
Dimensions
Size (max.) 14519 t
Lenght (waterline) 181,7 m
Lenght (total) 186,0 m (187,9 m)
Beam 20,69 m
Draft 7,25 m
Crew 619-951
Armament
28 cm L/52 C/28 (11") 6
15 cm L/55 C28 8
8,8cm L/75 C/32 6
3,7 cm L/83 8
2 cm MG L/64 8 (10)
53,3 cm Torpedoes 8
Aircraft
Arado Ar 196 2
Armour
Deck 40 mm (max)
Belt 80mm (max)
Command Tower 150 mm
Turrets 140 mm (max)
Engines
Shafts 2
Engines 8
Type MAN 9-cyl. diesel
Performance
Total Performance 48390 shp
Speed 28 kn
Range 18650 miles at 15 kn