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German Armed Forces Research 1918-1945

WW2 German Destroyer Z3 Max Schultz


Jan 2, 1935: Laid down at Deutscher Werke, Kiel.

Nov 30, 1935: Launched.

Apr 8, 1937: Completed.

Aug 28, 1939: Collided with and sank TB Tiger.

Sep - Oct 1, 1939: Under repair at Stettin.

Oct 2, 1939: Escorted captured prizes into Swinemunde.

Oct 6, 1939: Arrived in North Sea in company with Gneisenau, Z4 and Z11.

Oct 8-10, 1939: Escorts Gneisenau and Koln in offensive sweep off the Norwegian Coast (with 8xDD)

Oct 28. 1939: Suffers blockage in the main feed pump to #1 boiler while returning from offensive operation in the Skaggerak. Seawater in the turbine explodes and Z3 loses headway. She finally manages to get up enough steam to creep into Wilhelmshaven after attempts to tow her fail.

Nov - Dec, 1939: Under repair in Kiel.

Jan 23, 1940: To Wilhelmshaven.

Feb 9, 1940: With Z4 and Z16 lays 110 mines in the Shipwash area.

Feb 22, 1940: 1st DD FLOT conducts Operation Wikinger - to destroy British fishing vessels in the North Sea. The force is attacked in error by German He 111s in the Heligoland Bight, While taking evasive action, Z3 runs into a newly laid British minefield. Her entire complement of 308 men are lost. Rescue efforts are confused and called off early by submarine scares.


Length, oa, wl: 119.3/116.3m
Beam/draught: 11.3/4 m
Machinery: 2 shafts, geared turbines, 6 boilers 70,000shp, 38.2 knots
Main Battery: 5x127mm/45 C34 (5x1) (120rpg)
Anti Air Battery: 4x37mm/83 C30 (2x2), 4x20mm C38 (4x1) (2,000 rpg)
Torpedo/Mines: 8x533mm (4x3) 60 mines.
Fuel/Endurance: 670 ton - 1,530 nm @ 19 knots.
Crew: 315