Leicht Kreuzer 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 worldcruise. 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 Swedishsteamer 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 electricalsystem. 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: 2×88/45, 8×37/83 C30, 4x20mm C30
Torpedo: 12x500mm (4×3)
Aircraft: 2
Crew: 850