Richard Beitzen file photo [8094]

1934-class Destroyer

CountryGermany
Builder NameDeutsche Werke Shipyard, Kiel, Germany
Displacement3,206 tons full
Length390 feet
Beam37 feet
Draft14 feet
MachineryTwo Wagnergeared turbines, two shafts
Power Output70,000 SHP
Speed36 knots
Range1,900nm at 19 knots
Crew325
Armament5x127mm guns, 4x37mm guns, 6x20mm guns, 8x533mm torpedo tubes, 60 mines

Contributor:

This article refers to the entire 1934-class; it is not about an individual vessel.

ww2dbaseThe 1934-class destroyers were the first destroyers Germany built since WW1. They were designed in a rush and built rapidly, thus they were not seaworthy ships. In fact, when traveling on the high seas, the forward half of the ship would become so wet that the forward batteries would become unusable. Four were built: Leberecht Maas, Georg Thiele, Max Schulz, and Richard Beitzen. All four were built by Deutsche Werke in Kiel, Germany. Only the fourth ship, Richard Beitzen, survived WW2.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Jul 2009

Photographs

German Zerstörer Z 4 Richard Beitzen underway, 1937German destroyers Z5 Paul Jakobi and Z1 Leberecht Maass seen in Division of Naval Inteligence of US Navy Department A503 FM30-50 booklet for identification of shipsGerman 1934-class destroyer and other ships in port in Narvik, Norway, 1940German destroyer Z11 Bernd von Arnim beached and scuttled in the fjord Rombaksbotn near Narvik, Norway, 1940




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German Zerstörer Z 4 Richard Beitzen underway, 1937
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