KM Von Der Tann (CA-1937)


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Typical heavy cruiser built to near treaty limits. This was Germanys first effort to produce a large cruiser. Armed with 9x8.2" (210mm) guns it made a good impression and was close enough to the 10,000 ton limit for the German claims that it was legal to be believed. With decent side armour and deck armour it was better than its British equivalents by about what a 3000 ton advantage should give. The Germans had to try to give their ships an advantage as they would always be fighting at a numerical deficit with the British (and French and other navies) outnumbering the German ships at least 2 to 1. Germanys next class of cruiser was built more to battlecruiser dimensions and had unusual armaments ranging from 16x5.9", 12x8.2", 8x11" and 8x12". The last two being provided by guns and turrets being removed from the rebuilt capital ships.

This ship proved successful enough and was a good companion and scout to the other new battleships of the period.

Displacement 12500 std, 15,800 tons full load
Length 605 ft
Breadth 71 ft
Draught 23 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines 60,000shp

1 shaft diesel engines 30,000bhp

Speed 32 knots
Armour 4.1" side, 3.4" deck, 3.4" turrets
Armament 9 x 8.2" (3x3)

12 x 4.1" (6x2)

8 x 37mm (4x2)

15 x 30mm (5x3)

4 x 20mm (4x1)

Aircraft 2
Torpedoes 6/12 x 21" (2/4x3)



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