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Z5 Paul Jakobi


Z5 Paul Jakobi Destroyer

Service Data

In Service: 29 June 1937 to 1958

Production Data

Builder: Deschimag, Bremen
Construction No: 899
Laid down: 15 July 1935
Launched: 24 March 1936
Commissioned: 29 June 1937

Technical Data

Type: Destroyer / Zerstörer
Class: Zerstörer 1934A

Displacement: 2,171 tons standard 3,110 tons full load
Length: 120 m
Beam: 11.3 m
Draft: 4.28 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



29 June 1937
The destroyer Paul Jakobi is commissioned.

8 October 1939
The destroyer Paul Jakobi patrol the Atlantic along with the battleship Gneisenau, and light cruiser Köln and destroyers Friedrich Eckoldt, Friedrich Ihn, Diether von Roeder, Theodor Riedel, Max Schulz, Bernd von Arnim, Erich Steinbrinck and Wilhlem Heidkamp.

14 to 17 January 1942
The destroyer Paul Jakobi escorts battleship Tirpitz to the Trondheimfjord. Along with Richard Beitzen, Bruno Heinemann and Z29.

18 to 20 January 1942
The destroyer Paul Jakobi returns to Germany along with Bruno Heinemann, Richard Beitzen and Z29.

24 to 26 January 1942
The destroyer Paul Jakobi is transferred to Le Havre along with Herman Schoemann, Richard Beitzen and Bruno Heinemann. During the journey Bruno Heinemann is struck by two mines and is lost.

27 to 28 January 1942
The destroyer Paul Jacobi is transferred to Brest along with Richard Beitzen.

15 January 1946
The destroyer Paul Jacobi is seized as a prize of war by the British.

The destroyer Paul Jacobi is handed over to France as a prize of war.

The destroyer Paul Jacobi is renamed Desaix.

The destroyer Desaix is renamed Q 02.

The destroyer Q 02 is broken up, and scrapped.


Rudolf Peters
Takes command on June 1937
Ends command on November 1938

Hans-Georg Zimmer
Takes command on November 1938
Ends command on February 1941

Hermann Schlieper
Takes command on April 1941
Ends command on July 1944

Max Bülter
Takes command on July 1944
Ends command on May 1945


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