Research on the German Armed Forces 1918-1945
27 Jul, 1926: Laid down
20 Aug, 1927: Launched
06 Nov, 1929: Commissioned
1934: Torpedoes converted to 533mm.
Apr, 1936: Suffered hull damage due to structural weakness during a world cruise. Repaired and refitted in San Diego. Beam increased to 54' 5 *" and displacement to 8,350.
01 Sep, 1939: Karlsruhe was being refitted when the war began.
Nov, 1939: Recommissioned.
04 Jan, 1940: Karlsruhe operating in the East Baltic intercepted a Swedish steamer transporting Polish refugees from Riga to Sweden.
07 Apr, 1940: Karlsruhe with 3xTB formed Group 5 in the invasion of Norway. Her objective was Kristiansand.
09 Apr, 1940: Torpedoed by RN SS Truant off Kristiansand at 1900 hours, suffered major damage to both engines, her rudder and electrical system. Scuttled by TB Gbeif at 2150 with two torpedoes.
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