Nnrnberg file photo [1638]


Ship ClassLeipzig-class Light Cruiser
BuilderDeutsche Werke Kiel
Yard Number234
Slip/Drydock NumberII
Ordered16 Jun 1933
Laid Down4 Nov 1933
Launched6 Dec 1934
Commissioned2 Nov 1935
Decommissioned7 May 1945
Displacement6,520 tons standard; 9,040 tons full
Length594 feet
Beam52 feet
Draft19 feet
Machinery2 turbines and a MAN diesel engine, 3 screws
Power Output78,400 shaft horsepower
Speed32 knots
Range2,400nm at 13 knots
Armament9x15cm, 4x8.8cm, 2x4cm, 4x3.7cm, 29x2cm machine guns, 6x53.3cm torpedoes, 120 mines
Armor20mm deck, 15-50mm belt, 60mm command tower, 20-80mm turrets
Aircraft2 Arado Ar 196 aircraft
Recommissioned by USSR5 Nov 1945
Decommissioned by USSR1 Feb 1959


ww2dbaseLight cruiser Nürnberg entered German naval service at the end of 1935. During the night of 12-13 Dec 1939, while operating off the British North Sea coast with her sister ship Leipzig, they were torpedoed by British ship Salmon. She was placed in repair as a result until May 1940. She served as a patrol ship in the Baltic Sea and off Norway in the North Atlantic until the end of the war. She was surrendered at Copenhagen, Denmark when the war ended. She was claimed by Russia as spoil of war and was officially listed on Russian roster on 5 Nov 1945, and on 5 Jan 1946 she was renamed to Admiral Makarov. She served as the flagship of the Russian 8th Fleet until 1955. She served a few years as a training cruiser in the late 1950s before being decommissioned in Feb 1959.

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Last Major Revision: Aug 2006

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Nürnberg on slip II, Deutsche Werke Kiel, Germany, Nov 1933-Feb 1934Nürnberg at Copenhagen, Denmark, 1945

Nürnberg Operational Timeline

2 Nov 1935 Nürnberg was commissioned into service.
22 Mar 1943 Jaguar and Greif escorted heavy cruiser Lützow and light cruiser Nürnberg out of Bogen Bay, Norway.
24 Mar 1943 Jaguar and Greif, escorting heavy cruiser Lützow and light cruiser Nürnberg, arrived at Altafjord, Norway.
27 Apr 1943 Jaguar, Greif, and Z4 Richard Beitzen escorted light cruiser Nürnberg out of Harstad, Norway toward Kiel, Germany.
3 May 1943 Light cruiser Nürnberg arrived at Kiel, Germany; Jaguar, Greif, and Z4 Richard Beitzen had escorted her to Kiel from Norway. Later that day, Jaguar, Greif, and Möwe escorted minelayers out of Kiel for the North Sea.
7 May 1945 Nürnberg was decommissioned from service.

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1. Peter K. says:
20 Jan 2007 04:35:32 AM

The pic show NÜRNBERG prewar, not at Kopenhagen in 1945!
(He60-aircraft, no radar equipment, all TT, etc.)

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