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Destroyer Type 1936



Destroyer Type 1936


German destroyer classes were commonly known by the year they were designed. The Zerstörer 1936 class ships were 6 ships (of 26 proposed) were enhanced and enlarged versions of the 1934 and 1934A classes. Despite the serious failings of the earlier ships not being evident when these were in design, they had been resolved. Engine reliability and the structural integrity was much better making them much better seagoing ships, shipping much less water through an betterment in the design of the bows. None of the class made it through the war: all except one ship was sunk during the battles of Narvik.

The ships in this class were called.

Diether von Roeder, Hans Lüdemann, Hermann Künne, Karl Galster, Wilhelm Heidkamp, and Anton Schmitt.


Z17 Diether von Roeder
Z18 Hans Lüdemann
Z19 Hermann Künne
Z20 Karl Galster
Z21 Wilhelm Heidkamp
Z22 Anton Schmitt


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