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Z18 Hans Lüdemann


Z18 Hans Lüdemann Destroyer

Service Data

In Service: 8 October 1938 to 13 April 1940

Production Data

Builder: Deschimag, Bremen
Construction No: 920
Laid down: 9 September 1936
Launched: 1 December 1937
Commissioned: 8 December 1938

Technical Data

Type: Destroyer / Zerstörer
Class: Zerstörer 1936

Displacement: 2,411 tons standard 3,415 tons full load
Length: 123.4 m
Beam: 11.8 m
Draft: 4.50 m
Propulsion: 2 × shafts 2 × Wagner geared turbines producing up to 70,000 shp
Speed: 28.5 knots
Range: 2,050 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
9 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 later
carried 18000 rounds
8 × 53.3 cm torpedo tubes
8 torpedo's carried
60 mines
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Destroyers



8 December 1938
The Hans Lüdemann is commissioned.

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

13 April 1940
The Hans Lüdemann is scuttled and sunk undamaged due to there being no ammuntion or fuel. 2 crew lost. Position 68° 25N 17° 34E.


Sorry No Image AvailableHerbert Friedrichs
Takes command on October 1938
Ends command on April 1940


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