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Z8 Bruno Heinemann

Destroyer




Z8 Bruno Heinemann Destroyer

Service Data

In Service: 8 January 1938 to 25 January 1942

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Deschimag, Bremen
Construction No: 902
Laid down: 14 January 1936
Launched: 15 September 1936
Commissioned: 8 January 1938

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
Propellers:
Speed: 38.7 knots
Range: 1,825 nautical miles at 19 knots
Crew: 325 men and officers
Armament:
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
Armour
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Other: Destroyers
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Career

8 January 1938 The destroyer Bruno Heinemann is commissioned.

12 to 13 December 1939
The destroyer Bruno Heinemann carries out mine laying operation against Newcastle. Along with the destroyers, Erich Steinbrinck, Richard Beitzen, Friedirch Ihn and Hermann Künne. On the way back meet up with light cruisers Nürnberg, Leipzig and Köln. Nürnberg and Köln are both hit by torpedoes from the British submarine HMS Salmon escort the returning ships.

17 to 18 April 1940
The destroyer Bruno Heinemann carries out mine laying operations in the North Sea along with the destroyers Richard Beitzen and Hermann Schoemann.

19 to 20 April 1940
The destroyer Bruno Heinemann carries out mine laying operations in the North Sea along with the destroyers Richard Beitzen and Hermann Schoemann.

29 to 30 April 1940
The destroyer Bruno Heinemann escorts the minelayers Roland, Preussen and Kaiser, Along with Richard Beitzen and the torpedo boats Wolf, Möwe, Kondor and Leopard, during the course of laying mines the torpedo boat Leopard is rammed and lost by the mine layer Kaiser.

9 May 1940
The destroyer Bruno Heinemann escorts the minelayers, Kaiser, Preussen, Roland and Corba, Along with Richard Beitzen and Hermann Schoemann and the torpedo boat Greif plus three S-boats during the course of operation British aircraft are detected and the operation cancelled.

14 to 17 January 1942
The destroyer Bruno Heinemann escorts battleship Tirpitz to the Trondheimfjord. Along with Paul Jakobi, Richard Beitzen and Z29.

18 to 20 January 1942
The destroyers Bruno Heinemann returns to Germany along with Richard Beitzen , Paul Jakobi and Z29.

24 to 26 January 1942
The destroyer Bruno Heinemann is transferred to Le Havre along with Herman Schoemann, Paul Jakobi and Richard Beitzen. During the journey Bruno Heinemann is struck by two mines and is lost.

25 January 1942
The destroyer Bruno Heinemann is struck by two mines and is lost. 93 crew lost.

Commanders

Sorry No Image AvailableFritz Berger
Takes command on January 1938
Ends command on December 1939


Sorry No Image AvailableGeorg Langheld
Takes command on December 1939
Ends command on May 1940


Sorry No Image AvailableHermann Alberts
Takes command on May 1940
Ends command on January 1942


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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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