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KÖNIGSBERG

 

Nationality:

Germany

Type: CL
Class: "K" class -- three in class
Builder: Wilhelmshaven Naval Dockyard
Commissioned: April, 1929
Displacement: 6,650 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

570' 10" x 50' 2" x 18' 3"
Armor:
PLACEMENT THICKNESS
Belt: 2" - 2.75"
Deck: 0.75" - 1.5"
Torpedo bulkhead: 0.5"
Turrets: 1.25"
CT: 1.25" - 4"
Machinery: 2-shaft Navy geared turbines, 6 Navy boilers, plus 2 double-acting 4-stroke 10-cyl. MAN diesels; 1,800bhp (diesels only), 65,000shp (turbines only).  Oil:  1,350 tons.  Range:  18,000nm at 10 knots (diesels).
Speed: 32 knots (turbines) / 10 knots (diesels)
Armament:
NUMBER SIZE MOUNTS
9 5.9" / 60 cal. 3x3
2 3.45" / 45 cal. 2x1
8 37mm AA 4x2
8 20mm AA 8x1
12 19.7" TT 4x3
Compliment: 850

 

 

Sister ships:  KARLSRUHE, KÖLN

 

 

Notes:  The "K" class cruisers represented a completely fresh design and incorporated the newly developed electric welding techniques, as well as the triple turret for the 5.9" guns, with one sited on the forecastle and two aft.  The aft turrets were offset from the centerline, in an effort to allow them to bear more to the forward arcs of fire.  For the first time, both steam and diesel machinery was installed.  Each could only work individually; the diesels allowed an extended cruising range at a slower speed, while the steam turbines were used for "dash" capabilities.  The "K" class were regarded as a good sea boats, and were very maneuverable.  But insufficient quarters for her crew was a problem; KÖNIGSBERG did not have enough accommodations for 21% of her crew (Gröner, GERMAN WARSHIPS 1815-1945, VOL.1, p.120; see Bibliography).  And as it turned out, the "K" class were too lightly built for duties in heavy seas, and significant strengthening had to be added to their hulls.

 

Upon commissioning, KÖNIGSBERG served as a gunnery training ship, and made many cruises abroad.  In 1933, her anti-aircraft armament was augmented by the addition of four more 3.45" (88mm) guns.  In 1934, the 19.7" torpedoes were replaced by 21" torpedoes.  In 1935, she was fitted with a catapult and two seaplanes  When used as a minelayer, KÖNIGSBERG could carry up to 120 mines.  At the beginning of World War II, KÖNIGSBERG was involved in minelaying operations in the North Sea.  During the invasion of Norway, KÖNIGSBERG was assigned to Task Force 3 for the landings at Bergen.  She was damaged by shore batteries and remained at Bergen for repairs, while the rest of Task Force 3 returned to Germany.  On 10 April 1940, she was bombed by British Skuas (hit by six bombs), set on fire, capsized and sank; 18 of her crew were killed.  KÖNIGSBERG was raised in July, 1942, and broken up at Bergen in 1943.

 

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