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Admiral Hipper

Heavy Cruiser




Admiral Hipper Heavy cruiser

Service Data

In Service: 25 April 1939 to 3 May1945

Production Data

Ordered: 30 October 1934
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Construction No: 501
Laid down: 6 July 1935
Launched: 6 February 1937
Commissioned: 29 April 1939

Technical Data

Type: Heavy cruiser
Class: Admiral Hipper

Displacement: 14,050 tons standard 18,200 tons full load
Length: 202.8 m
Beam: 21.3 m
Draft: 7.2 m
Propulsion: 3 × shafts Brown Boveri geared turbines producing up to 133,631 shp
Propellers:
Speed: 32.6 knots
Range: 6,800 nautical miles at 20 knots
Crew: 1,600 men and officers
Armament:
8 × 20.3 cm L/60 SK C/34
12 × 10.5 cm L/65 SK C/33
carried 4,800 rounds
12 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 4,000 rounds
14 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 16,000 rounds
16 × 4 cm L/56 Flak 28 after 1945
carried 30,000 rounds
12 × 5.33 cm torpedoe tubes
96 × EMC mines
Armour Deck 20 to 50 mm, Belt 70 to 80 mm
Turrets 70 to 105 mm, Tower 50 to15 cm
Aircraft: 3 × Arado Ar 196 seaplanes
Electronics:
Operators: Kriegsmarine
Variants:
Admiral Hipper
Blücher
Prinz Eugen
Seydlitz
Lützow

Other: Heavy cruisers
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History

The German cruiser Admiral Hipper was the principal ship of the Admiral Hipper class heavy cruisers which served with the Kriegsmarine, the German Navy in World War II.
The ship was called after Admiral Franz von Hipper, commander of the German battlecruiser squadron throughout the Battle of Jutland in 1916 and subsequently commander in chief of the German High Seas Fleet. Admiral Hipper was the foremost of five ships in her class. Two others, Blücher and Prinz Eugen, were finished and enlisted with the Kriegsmarine in the Second World War; a fourth, Lützow, was sold to the Soviet Union in 1939 before realisation; and a fifth, Seydlitz, was to be converted into an aircraft carrier but was never consummated.

Career

29 April 1939
The heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper is commissioned.

8 April 1940
The heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper takes part in operation Weserübung (Invasion of Denmark and Norway) along with Hans Lüdemann and Bernd von Arnim.

HMS Glowworm8 April 1940
The heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper sinks HMS Glowworm but takes damage herself by collinding with her.

4 June 1940
The heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper takes part in operation Juno (operation to disrupt Allied supplies to Norway) along with battleships Gneisenau, Scharnhorst also the following destroyers Hermann Schoemann, Karl Galster, Erich Steinbrinck, Hans Lody, three ship were sunk by this group. Orama Troop Ship, Pioneer Oil tanker, HMS Juniper Submarine hunter.

17 September 1940
Operation Seelöwe (Planned invasion of the United Kingdom)

1 to 27 December 1940
The heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper takes part in operation Nordseetour it was her first Atlantic mission one merchant freighter Jumna sunk.

1 to 2 February 1941
The heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper is escorted while leaving Brest. By the torpedo boats Kondor and Seeadler and the destroyer Richard Beitzen.

11 Febuary 1941
The heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper attacks the unprotected convoy SLS-64 sinking 7 of the 19 merchants and damaging several others.

13 to 14 February 1941
The heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper is escorted while returning to Brest. By the torpedo boats Kondor and Seeadler and the destroyer Richard Beitzen.

5 July 1942
The heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper takes part in operation Rösselsprung along with Tirpitz, Admiral Scheer and nine destroyers Hans Lody, Theodor Riedel, Friedrich Ihn, Karl Galster, Z24, Z27, Z28, Z29, Z30 and two torpedo boats T7 and T15

10 September 1942
The heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper along with Nürnberg, Köln, and Admiral Scheer, moves to the Alta Fjord to attack Convoy PQ-18.

31 December 1942
The battle of the Barents Sea ships that took part Admiral Hipper, Lützow and the destroyers Theodor Riedel, Richard Beitzen, Friedrich Eckoldt, Z24, Z30 and Z31 they come across convoy JW- 51B and opens fire on HMS Bramble and HMS Achates sinking both, the cruisers HMS Sheffield and HMS Jamaica arrive and Admiral Hipper retreats after taking several hits.

HMS BrambleHMS Achates

9 April 1945
The heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper is attacked while in drydock by the RAF and badly damaged.

3 May 1945
The heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper scuttled by explosive charges.

Commanders

Hellmuth Heye
Takes command on 29 April 1939
Ends command on 3 September 1940

Wilhelm Meisel
Takes command on 3 September 1940
Ends command on 10 October 1942

Hans Hartmann
Takes command on 10 October 1942
Ends command on 16 February 1943

Fritz Krauss
Takes command on 16 February 1943
Ends command on 1 April 1943

Hans Henigst
Takes command on 1 March 1944
Ends command on 3 May 1945

Gallery

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Admiral Hipper  picture 5
Arado Ar 196  reconnaissance seaplane

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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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