destroyer classes were commonly known by the year they were designed. The Zerstörer
1934 class of four ships was the foremost German destroyer class constructed since
World War I, laid down between October 1934 and January 1935. They were poor ships.
Built quickly, they were too wet in heavy seas, which could make their forward
guns useless, there were constructional weaknesses and machinery problems. The
engines were freshly designed high pressure turbines that looked promising that
disappointed once they had been installed: maintenance was troublesome and they
caused excessive vibration. In addition, the class range was restricted plus they
had limited magazine capacities. Only one ship lasted the war. The ships were
called after German navy personnel killed in World War I.
The ships in
this class were called.
Leberecht Maaß, Georg Thiele, Max Schulz, and
Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
German warships of the Second World War.
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