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Leipzig

CountryGermany
Ship ClassLeipzig-class Light Cruiser
BuilderWilhelmshaven, Germany
Laid Down18 Apr 1928
Launched18 Oct 1929
Commissioned8 Oct 1931
Displacement8380 tons full
Length581 feet
Beam54 feet
Draft19 feet
MachinerySteam turbines driving 2 shafts (60000shp), diesel engine driving the center shaft (12400hp)
Power Output60000 SHP
Speed32 knots
Range5,700nm at 19 knots
Crew850
Armament3x3x15cm SK C/25 guns, 6x88mm AA guns, 8x3.7cm SK C/30 AA guns, 8x20mm AA guns, 12x533mm torpedoes, 120 mines
Armor100mm command tower, 40mm deck, 20mm turrets, 50-70mm belt
Decommission27 Feb 1940
Recommission1 Dec 1940
AircraftTwo Arado 196 floatplanes

Contributor:

ww2dbaseLeipzig was the lead ship of her class of light cruisers of the German Navy. During the Spanish Civil War, she patrolled off the coast of Spain as part of the international naval blockade, under the command of Captain Otto Schenk. On 13 Dec 1939, she was torpedoed by British submarine Salmon and was severly damaged, causing her to be decommissioned for extensive repairs. She was recommissioned on 1 Dec 1940 as a training ship. In Jun 1941, during Operation Barbarossa, she bombarded Russian positions on the islands Ösel and Dagö in the Baltic Sea. On 15 Oct 1944, in heavy fog, she was rammed amidships during an accidental collision with heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, causing heavy damage. It was decided that she was not to be completely repaired; instead, she would serve as an effectively stationary training ship and naval barracks vessel at Gotenhafen, Germany (now Gdynia, Poland). In Mar 1945, she shelled advancing Russian troops. In late Mar, she moved to Aabenraa, Denmark. When the war ended, she was surrendered to British forces. She was moved to Wilhelmshaven, Germany, then was taken to the North Sea with a cargo of gas munitions for scuttling on 16 Dec 1946.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Nov 2009

Leipzig Operational Timeline

8 Oct 1931 Leipzig was commissioned into service.
14 May 1941 Battleship Bismarck and light cruiser Leipzig conducted exercises.

Photographs

Königsberg with cruiser Leipzig and a British C-class light cruiser, 1934German light cruiser Leipzig with rails manned, circa 1936Recognition drawing for German light cruiser Leipzig, published by US Division of Naval Intelligence, Aug 1942




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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anonymous says:
24 Sep 2012 09:09:29 PM

i have two pair of binoculars from the cruiser leipziig one deck mounted Jena Carl Zeis 8by60 the other hand held benutzer 8by60 .my father was in the Canadian scottish and got them of the ship before it was scuttled.I think the belong in Museum.
2. Anonymous says:
6 May 2014 09:00:15 PM

I'm not a fan of the German people only because they chose to forget. I also think they belong in a museum.

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