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Pocket Battleship

Lützow Pocket Battleship

Service Data

In Service: 1 April 1933 to 4 May 1945

Production Data

Builder: Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel
Construction No: 219
Laid down: 5 February 1929
Launched: 19 May 1931
Commissioned: 1 April 1933

Technical Data

Type: Pocket Battleship
Class: Deutschland

Displacement: 10,600 tons standard. 14,290 tons full load
Length: 186 m
Beam: 20.69 m
Draft: 7.25 m
Propulsion: 8 × MAN diesels engines producing up to 48,390 shp
Propellers: 2 × screws
Speed: 28 knots
Range: 10,00 nautical miles at 20 knots
Crew: 1,150 men and officers
6 × 28 cm L/52 SK C/28
carried 630 to 720 rounds
8 × 15 cm L/55 SK C/28
carried 800 to 1200 rounds
3 × 8.8 cm L/45 SK upto 1935
6 × 8.8 cm L/75 SK C/25 after 1935
carried 3000 rounds
6 × 10.5 cm L/65 SK C/33 after 1940
carried 2400 to 3000 rounds
4 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 8000 to 24,000 rounds
10 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 20,000 rounds
6 × 4 cm L/56 Flak 28 after 1945
10 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
28 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 planned
8 × 53.3 cm torpedo tubes.
Armour Turret 160 mm, Belt 80 mm, Deck 40 mm
Aircraft: 2 × Arado Ar 196 seaplanes
Operators: Kriegsmarine
Admiral Graf Spee
Admiral Scheer

Other: Pocket battleships
We spent five days in the Deutschland
I commanded the captured City of Flint


Deutschland later renamed Lützow, was the lead ship of her class that served in the German Navy before and throughout World War II. The ship was classified as a Panzerschiff by Germany. The British originally nicknamed the three ships of this class pocket battleships, but reclassified them as a heavy cruisers in February 1940.


1 April 1933
The Deutschland is commissioned.

23 October 1939
The Deutschland seized the American City of Flint, and put abroad a price crew to sail her back to Germany.

15 November 1939
The Deutschland is renamed Lützow.

7 April 1940
The Lützow joins operation Weserübung.

9 April 1940
The battle of the Droebak Narrows, Lützow takes three hits. The heavy cruiser Blücher is sunk, Lützow takes command of the 5th Squadron.

11 April 1940
The British submarine Spearfish manager's to get a torpedo hit and she has to be towed back to Kiel.

12 June 1941
The Lützow is hit again by a torpedo this time by a British torpedo bomber.

31 December 1942
The battle of the Barents Sea ships that took part Lützow, Admiral Hipper, 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.

16 April 1945
The Lützow is wrecked at Swinemünde she was about two metres above water from this point on she served as a static battery.

4 May 1945
The Lützow was scuttled.

1948 to 1949
The Lützow was raised by the russians and taken to the Leningrad later they broke her up.


Hermann von Fischel
Takes command on 1 April 1933
Ends command on 30 September 1935

Paul Fanger
Takes command on 30 September 1935
Ends command on 2 September 1937

Paul Wenneker
Takes command on 2 September 1937
Ends command on 16 November 1939

August Thiele
Takes command on 16 November 1939
Ends command on 18 April 1940

Fritz Krauss
Takes command on 18 April 1940
Ends command on 23 June 1940

Takes command on 23 June 1940
Ends command on 8 August 1940

Leo Kreisch
Takes command on 31 March 1941
Ends command on 3 July 1941

Rudolf Stange
Takes command on 3 July 1941
Ends command on 7 September 1941

Leo Kreisch
Takes command on 7 September 1941
Ends command on 17 January 1942

Rudolf Stange
Takes command on 17 January 1942
Ends command on 10 November 1943

Horst Biesterfeld
Takes command on 10 November 1943
Ends command on January 1944

Bodo Heinrich Knocke
Takes command on January 1944
Ends command on 22 April 1945

Ernst Lange
Takes command on 22 April 1945
Ends command on 4 May 1945


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