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Light Cruiser

Königsberg  Light cruisers

Service Data

In Service: 17 April 1929 to 10 April 1940

Production Data

Builder: Reichsmarinewerft, Wilhelmshaven
Construction No: 108
Laid down: 12 April 1926
Launched: 26 March 1927
Commissioned: 17 April 1929

Technical Data

Type: Light cruiser
Class: Königsberg

Displacement: 6,000 tons standard 7,700 tons full load
Length: 174 m
Beam: 15.2 m
Draft: 6.28 m
Propulsion: 3 × shafts 4 MAN 10 × cylinder diesels engines 2 × geared turbines producing up to 68,000 shp
Propellers: 3
Speed: 32.1 knots
Range: 5,700 nautical miles at 19 knots
Crew: 850 men and officers
9 × 15 cm L/60 SK C/25
carried 1,080 rounds
2 × 8.8 cm L/45 SK C/35
carried 800 rounds
2 × 8.8 cm L/76 SK C/32 after 1933 4 after 1935
carried 1,600 rounds
6 × 8.8 cm L/76 SK C/32 after 1940
carried 2,400 rounds
8 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30 after 1934
carried 9,600 rounds
8 × 20 cm MG L/65 C/30 18 after 1934
carried 17,600 rounds
12 × 53.3 cm torpedoe tubes
24 × torpedo's carried
120 mines
Armour Belt 50 to 70 mm, Deck 40 mm, Turrets 20 mm,
Aircraft: 2 × Heinkel He 60 seaplanes
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Auxiliary cruisers


Königsberg was a light cruiser of the K class in the German Reichsmarine and Kriegsmarine. Her fellow ships were Köln and Karlsruhe.

After a series of foreign visits in the 1930s, the ships operations were along the Spanish coast from November 1936 to January 1937 throughout the Spanish Civil War. Her design and manufacture meant she was poorly suited to commerce raiding or deep-water operations, and after war broke out in September 1939 she was allocated to duty as a torpedo training ship in the Baltic and later used for mining operations in the North Sea (Operation Westwal).


17 April 1929
The Königsberg is commissioned.

8 April 1940
The Königsberg takes part in operation Weserübung (Invasion of Denmark and Norway) along with Köln and training ship Bremse and the torpedo boats, Leopard and Wolf, transports troops from Wilhelmshaven to Bergen.

9 April 1940
The Königsberg and artillery training ship Bremse are hit by Norwegian coastal batteries. The Köln and the torpedo boats Leopard and Wolf, return to Germany while the damaged Königsberg stays in Bergen.

10 April 1940
The Königsberg is attacked by the RAF, 15 Skua dive bombers sink the Königsberg with three direct hits. Although Königsberg is still afloat after the attack, she capsizes shortly after in Bergen harbour.

17 July 1942
The Königsberg is raised.

The Königsberg is used as a pier for U-boats.

22 September 1944
The Königsberg capsized again.

The Königsberg is broken up, and scrapped in Bergen.


Wolf von Trotha
Takes command on 17 April 1929
Ends command on 24 June 1929

Robert Withoeft Emden
Takes command on 24 June 1929
Ends command on 2 September 1929

Robert Withoeft Emden
Takes command on 2 September 1929
Ends command on 27 September 1930

Hermann Densch
Takes command on 27 September 1930
Ends command on 25 September 1932

Otto von Schrader
Takes command on 25 September 1932
Ends command on 25 September 1934

Hubert Schmundt
Takes command on 25 September 1934
Ends command on 27 September 1935

Theodor Paul
Takes command on 27 September 1935
Ends command on 16 February 1937

Robin Schall Emden
Takes command on 16 February 1937
Ends command on 2 November 1938

Ernst Scheurlen
Takes command on 2 November 1938
Ends command on 27 June 1939

Kurt-Caesar Hoffmann
Takes command on 27 June 1939
Ends command on 15 September 1939

Heinrich Ruhfus
Takes command on 14 September 1939
Ends command on 10 April 1940


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