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WW2 German Destroyer Z2 Georg Thiele
Destroyer Z2 George Thiele, run aground 4.13.40 in Norway
Oct 25, 1934: Laid down at Deutscher Werke, Kiel
Aug 18, 1935: Launched.
Feb 27, 1937: Completed
Sep 1-16, 1939: Polish waters
Sep 17, 1939: To Wilhelmshaven with Z1.
Sep 17 - Dec 21, 1939: Wilhelmshaven.
Dec, 1939: Develops engine problems.
Jan 31 - Mar, 1940: Repairs/refit at Pillau(?)
Apr 2, 1940: Develops trouble with water pump while running post refit trials.
Apr 3-4, 1940: Additional repairs in Bremen.
Apr 6, 1940: Load 200 mountain troops and sails with Group 1 in invasion of Norway.
Apr 9, 1940: Lands troops in Narvik.
Apr 10, 1940: First battle of Narvik. Hit seven times. Z2 was laying in a side fjord with von Arnim. After the British destroyers shot up Narvik harbor inflicting serious damage on the five destroyers anchored there, they withdrew west up the fjord, pursued by Zenker, Koelner and Giese. Z2 and von Arnim appeared on the British flank. Z2 was the most effective KMS vessel in this action. She hit the RN flag, Hardy, from 4,000 yards with her fourth salvo and repeatedly thereafter. She scored hits on Hunter and may have also put a torpedo into her. Hunter and Hardy were sunk in this action largely by Z2. She also damaged Hotspur, causing her to collide with Hunter.. Z2 was hit in the boiler, #1 gun was destroyed and her fire control room was also put out of action
Apr 13, 1940: Z2 was semi-operational for the 2nd Battle of Narvik. She was capable of 27 knots, briefly, four of her main guns were available under local control and she carried six torpedoes. She was engaged in the closing portion of the battle when the four surviving German destroyers withdrew up Rombakisfjord. She acted as the rearguard to give the other three ships the opportunity to land their crews before scuttling. Eskimo and Forester hit her repeatedly with 4.7" shells, but Z2 obtained some measure of revenge when she put her last torpedo into Eskimo and blew off her bow past the #1 gun mounting. She then ran herself hard aground. Her wreak was broken up in 1963.
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