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German Armed Forces Research 1918-1945

WW2 German Light Cruiser Karlsruhe

WW2 German Light Cruiser Karlsruhe
WW2 German Light Cruiser Karlsruhe


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.

Displacement, standard/full load (tons): 6,650/8,130
Overall length: 174m
Waterline length: 169m
Beam/draught: 15.3/5.56m
Machinery: 2 shafts, geared turbines, 6 boilers, 65,000shp, 32 knots, 2 diesels,
1,800bhp, 10 knots, diesels only
Max Armor, Belt/deck/turrets/CT: 63/38/32/102mm
Main Battery: 9x150mm/60 C28
Anti Air Battery: 2x88/45, 8x37/83 C30, 4x20mm C30
Torpedo: 12x500mm (4x3)
Aircraft: 2
Crew: 850