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Auxiliary cruisers

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At the beginning of the war, the Kriegsmarine used auxiliary cruisers to great affect, with hidden weapons and they usually approached there target under a false flag and with guns concealed. The ships themselves averaging approximately 7,000 tons. Armament usually was made up of six 15 cm guns, between two and six torpedo tubes, and a collection of 4 cm, 3.7 cm, and 2 cm automatic weapons. The vast majority of these merchant raiders kept on board an Arado Ar-196 seaplane for reconnaissance. Kormoran, Komet, and Michel were also supplied with motor torpedo boats. The first Hilfskreuzer began its mission in March 1940, briefly before the Norwegian campaign.

Gallery

Orion Auxiliary cruiser
Atlantis Auxiliary cruiser
Widder Auxiliary cruiser
Thor Auxiliary cruiser
Pinguin Auxiliary cruiser
Stier Auxiliary cruiser
Komet Auxiliary cruiser
Kormoran Auxiliary cruiser
Michel Auxiliary cruiser
Coronel Auxiliary cruiser

Sources

German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
ISBN-10: 0851775330

German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
ISBN-10: 155750301X

German warships of the Second World War.
ISBN-10: 0668040378

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