Research on the German Armed Forces 1918-1945
Konigsberg at dock pre-1939 w/ another Light Cruiser, possibly Koln
12 Apr 26: Laid down
26 Mar 27: Launched
17 Apr 29: Commissioned
1934: Torpedoes converted to 533mm. Used extensively as cadet training ship and made several world cruises in that role.
31 Aug 39: Operating off the Polish coast, encountered two Polish destroyers withdrawing to Britain.
03-20 Sep 39: Participated in laying of Westwall mine barrage in North Sea with Nurnberg, Koln, Leipzig and Emden, 16xDD 10xTB & 3xML
12-13 Nov 39: Konigsberg and Nurnberg with 4xTB met 4xDD returning from offensive mining operation off the Thames and escorted them back to port.
1940: 88mm battery augmented to 4 twin mounts.
07 Apr 40: Konigsberg with Koln, Bremse and 2xTB formed Group 3 for the invasion of Norway. Their objective was Bergen.
09 Apr 40: Damaged by shore batteries during landing operation and retained at Bergen for local defense.
10 Apr 40: Konigsberg is sunk at Bergen by Skua divebombers of 800 and 803 Squdron FAA; three direct hits and several near misses from 500lb bombs earned her the distinction of being the first major warship to be sunk by air attack.
1943: The wreak is raised and scraped in situ after the hull capsized on 22 Sep 44.
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