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Z12 Erich Giese


Z12 Erich Giese Destroyer

Service Data

In Service: 4 March 1939 to 13 April 1940

Production Data

Builder: F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel
Construction No: 538
Laid down: 3 May 1935
Launched: 12 March 1937
Commissioned: 4 March 1939

Technical Data

Type: Destroyer / Zerstörer
Class: Zerstörer 1934A

Displacement: 2,270 tons standard 3,190 tons full load
Length: 120 m
Beam: 11.3 m
Draft: 4.23 m
Propulsion: 2 × shafts 2 × Wagner geared turbines producing up to 70,000 shp
Speed: 38.7 knots
Range: 1,825 nautical miles at 19 knots
Crew: 325 men and officers
5 × 12.7 cm L/45 SK C/34
carried 600 rounds
4 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 8000 rounds
6 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 12000 rounds
8 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 after mid 1942
carried 16000 rounds
8 × 53.3 cm torpedo tubes
8 torpedo's carried
4 × depth charge launchers
60 mines
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Destroyers



4 March 1939
The destroyer Erich Giese is commissioned.

8 April 1940
The destroyer Erich Giese takes part in operation Weserübung (Invasion of Denmark and Norway) along with Anton Schmitt, Wilhlem Heidkamp, Diether von Roeder, Georg Thiele, Erich Koellner, Bernd von Arnim, Hans Lüdemann, Hermann Künne and Wolfgang Zenker.

13 April 1940
The destroyer Erich Giese is sunk by six British destroyers. 83 crew lost. Position 68° 24.5N 17° 39E.


Sorry No Image AvailableKarl Smidt
Takes command on March 1939
Ends command on March 1940


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