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Z6 Theodor Riedel


Z6 Theodor Riedel Destroyer

Service Data

In Service: 2 July 1937 to 1958

Production Data

Builder: Deschimag, Bremen
Construction No: 900
Laid down: 18 July 1935
Launched: 22 April 1936
Commissioned: 2 July 1937

Technical Data

Type: Destroyer / Zerstörer
Class: Zerstörer 1934A

Displacement: 2,171 tons standard 3,110 tons full load
Length: 120 m
Beam: 11.3 m
Draft: 4.28 m
Propulsion: 2 × shafts 2 × Wagner geared turbines producing up to 70,000 shp
Speed: 38.7 knots
Range: 1,825 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
8 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 after mid 1942
carried 16000 rounds
8 × 53.3 cm torpedo tubes
8 torpedo's carried
4 × depth charge launchers
60 mines
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Destroyers



2 July 1937
The destroyer Theodor Riedel is commissioned.

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

9 to 10 February 1940
The destroyer Theodor Riedel carries out mine laying operations along with the destroyers Hermann Schoemann, Wilhlem Heidkamp Richard Beitzen, Max Schulz and Friedrich Eckold.

22 February 1940
The destroyer Theodor Riedel takes part in operation Wikinger (German sortie into the North Sea) along with Erich Koellner, Friedrich Eckold, Max Schulz, Richard Beitzen, and Leberecht Maaß, They receive orders to proceed against British shipping at Dogger Bank. On the way there a Luftwaffe bomber attacks the destroyers, sinking the Lebercht Maas. During the rescue of Lebercht Maas crew, Max Schulz hits a mine and is lost with all hands.

28 January 1946
The destroyer Theodor Riedel is seized as a prize of war by the British.

The destroyer Theodor Riedel is handed over to France as a prize of war.

The destroyer Theodor Riedel is renamed Kleber.

The destroyer Kleber is renamed Q 86.

The destroyer Q 86 is broken up, and scrapped.


Sorry No Image AvailableMax Fechner
Takes command on July 1937
Ends command on October 1938

Sorry No Image AvailableGerhardt Böhmig
Takes command on October 1938
Ends command on November 1940

Sorry No Image AvailableWalter Riede
Takes command on April 1941
Ends command on September 1943

Sorry No Image AvailableLothar Freiherr von Hausen
Takes command on September 1943
Ends command on January 1944

Sorry No Image AvailableRudolf Menge
Takes command on January 1944
Ends command on June 1944

Sorry No Image AvailableHans Blöse
Takes command on June 1944
Ends command on May 1945


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