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Z17 Diether von Roeder


Z17 Diether von Roeder Destroyer

Service Data

In Service: 29 August 1938 to 13 April 1940

Production Data

Builder: Deschimag, Bremen
Construction No: 919
Laid down: 9 September 1936
Launched: 19 August 1937
Commissioned: 29 August 1938

Technical Data

Type: Destroyer / Zerstörer
Class: Zerstörer 1936

Displacement: 2,411 tons standard 3,415 tons full load
Length: 123.4 m
Beam: 11.8 m
Draft: 4.50 m
Propulsion: 2 × shafts 2 × Wagner geared turbines producing up to 70,000 shp
Speed: 28.5 knots
Range: 2,050 nautical miles at 19 knots
Crew: 325 men and officers
5 × 12.7 cm L/45 SK C/34
carried 600 rounds
4 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 8000 rounds
6 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 12000 rounds
9 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 later
carried 18000 rounds
8 × 53.3 cm torpedo tubes
8 torpedo's carried
60 mines
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Destroyers



29 August 1938
The destroyer Diether von Roeder is commissioned.

8 October 1939
The destroyer Diether von Roeder patrol the Atlantic along with the battleship Gneisenau, and light cruiser Köln and destroyers Friedrich Eckoldt, Friedrich Ihn, Max Schulz, Theodor Riedel, Paul Jakobi, Bernd von Arnim, Erich Steinbrinck and Wilhlem Heidkamp.

8 April 1940
The destroyer Diether von Roeder takes part in operation Weserübung (Invasion of Denmark and Norway) along with Anton Schmitt, Wilhlem Heidkamp, Georg Thiele, Erich Giese, Erich Koellner, Bernd von Arnim, Hans Lüdemann, Hermann Künne and Wolfgang Zenker.

13 April 1940
The destroyer Diether von Roeder is sunk by British destroyers. 16 crew lost. Position 68° 25N 17° 34E.


Sorry No Image AvailableErich Holtorf
Takes command on August 1938
Ends command on April 1940


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