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Z19 Hermann Künne


Z19 Hermann Künne Destroyer

Service Data

In Service: 12 January 1939 to 13 April 1940

Production Data

Builder: Deschimag, Bremen
Construction No: 921
Laid down: 5 October 1936
Launched: 22 December 1937
Commissioned: 12 January 1939

Technical Data

Type: Destroyer / Zerstörer
Class: Zerstörer 1936

Displacement: 2,411 tons standard 3,415 tons full load
Length: 125.1 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



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 Zenker.

13 April 1940
The Hermann Künne is scuttled and sunk undamaged due to there being no ammuntion or fuel. Position 68° 31N 17° 35E.


Sorry No Image AvailableFriedrich Kothe
Takes command on January 1939
Ends command on April 1940


Hermann Künne picture 2

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by Peter Muller 22/08/2010

Sorry No Image AvailableErich Mueller
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.


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