12 January 1939 to 13 April 1940
5 October 1936
22 December 1937
12 January 1939
Destroyer / Zerstörer
2,411 tons standard 3,415 tons full load
2 × shafts 2 × Wagner geared
turbines producing up to 70,000 shp
2,050 nautical miles at 19 knots
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
12 January 1939
The Hermann Künne is commissioned.
12 to 13 December 1939
The Hermann Künne carries out mine laying operation against
Newcastle. Along with the destroyers, Erich Steinbrinck, Bruno
Heinemann, Friedirch Ihn and Richard Beitzen. On the way back
meet up with light cruisers Nürnberg, Leipzig and Köln.
Nürnberg and Köln are both hit by torpedoes from
the British submarine HMS Salmon escort the returning ships.
8 April 1940
The Hermann Künne 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, Hans Lüdemann, Georg Thiele and Wolfgang
13 April 1940
The Hermann Künne is scuttled and sunk undamaged due
to there being no ammuntion or fuel. Position 68° 31N
Takes command on January 1939
Ends command on April 1940
by Peter Muller 22/08/2010
Was born on 14 June 1919 and served aboard Z19 Hermann Künne
Destroyer as a "Maschinist and a Faehnrich", He
also took part in operation Weserübung (Invasion of Denmark
and Norway). Erich Mueller sadly passed away in 1986.
German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
German warships of the Second World War.
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