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Auxiliary Cruiser

Hansa Auxiliary cruiser

Service Data

In Service: 12 February 1944 to 20 May 1945

Production Data

Builder: Burmester & Wain
Construction No:
Laid down: 1939
Launched: 1939
Commissioned: 12 February 1944

Technical Data

Type: Auxiliary cruiser
Class: Hilfskreuzer (Raider), converted freighter

Displacement: 19,200 tons
Length: 153 m
Beam: 20.1 m
Draft: 8.7 m
Propulsion: 2 × 6 cylinder diesel engine producing up to 9,000 hp
Propellers: 1
Speed: 20.5 knots
Range: 65,000 nautical miles at 15 knots
Crew: 400 men and officers
Armament: 8 × 15 cm, 1 × 105 mm, 4 × 40 mm
8 × 3.7 cm, 36 × 20 mm
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Auxiliary cruisers


The Hansa was a German auxiliary cruiser of the Kriegsmarine utilised throughout World War II. She was recognised by the Kriegsmarine as HSK 5 She was not granted a raider letter by the Royal Navy as she did not go into active service as a commerce raider. She was the final German vessel to be changed into an auxiliary cruiser. From September 1944 to May 1945 she took part in the Baltic Sea evacuations, transporting over 12,000 soldiers and civilians at a time.


12 February 1944
Hansa is commissioned.

20 May 1945
Hansa was handed over to the British for internment.

Hansa was broken up, and scrapped.


Sorry no image availableHans Henigst
Takes command on April 1943
Ends command on August 1943


Hansa picture 2

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