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Königsberg

CountryGermany
Ship ClassK-class Light Cruiser
Builder NameKriegsmarinewerft
Yard Number108
Slip/Drydock NumberI
Ordered8 Apr 1925
Laid Down12 Apr 1926
Launched26 Mar 1927
Commissioned17 Apr 1929
Sunk10 Apr 1940
Displacement7,700 tons standard
Length571 feet
Beam50 feet
Draft21 feet
MachineryFour MAN 10-cyl diesel engines, two geared turbines, four shafts
Power Output68,000 SHP
Speed32 knots
Range7,300nm at 17 knots
Crew850
Armament9x150mm, 6x88mm, 8x37mm anti-aircraft, 21in torpedo tubes, 120 mines
Armor100mm command tower, 40mm deck, 20mm turrets, 50-70mm belt
Aircraft2

Contributor:

ww2dbaseLight cruiser Königsberg was constructed after WW1. She, along with her sisterships, shared various strengths and weaknesses. For the first time in German cruiser design history, guns were mounted in turrets instead of in single mounts; the rear turrets were also of an interesting design, placed off-center in order to achieve a better arc of fire. The preserve weight, about 85% of the hull was welded, which actually became a major weakness of the ship as it made her too weak for deep water operations. She operated off Spanish coast between Nov 1936 and Jan 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. When the European War started, she was a torpedo training ship in the Baltic Sea and then was used as a minelayer in the North Sea. During the invasion of Norway in Apr 1940, she transported troops for the invasion. On 10 Apr 1940, she was attacked by 15 British dive bombers and received three direct hits. She capsized and sank in Bergen harbor. The wreck was raised on 17 Jul 1942 and was used as a submarine pier.

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Last Major Revision: Oct 2006

Königsberg Operational Timeline

17 Apr 1929 Königsberg was commissioned into service.
10 Apr 1940 Fleet Air Arm Skua dive bombers sank the German cruiser Königsberg in Bergen harbour in Norway. She was the first major warship to be sunk by dive bombing in the war.

Photographs

KönigsbergKönigsbergLooking forward from KönigsbergView looking aft on Königsberg from the port side searchlight platform while the ship was underway, circa 1930
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1. Sally Kraus says:
28 Sep 2007 01:35:41 AM

cool site.
2. Henning Nielsen says:
7 Jul 2008 03:04:46 PM

Dear Sir thank you for the impressive amount of information on this site. Perhaps you should add that the Königsberg was the first major warship to be sunk by air attack (British Skua dive bombers).

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