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The German light cruiser Emden was the sole ship of its class. The third cruiser to bear the designation Emden was the first new warship manufactured in Germany after World War I.

The K class was a class of light cruisers of the German Reichsmarine and Kriegsmarine, made up of three ships called after German cities beginning with the letter K Königsberg, Karlsruhe, Köln. It's also classified as Königsberg class according to the convention of naming classes after the first finished vessel.

The K class ships were succeeded by a modified two-ship class made up of the Leipzig and the Nürnberg which differed from them mainly in terms of having only one funnel instead of two, and having the two astern turrets on the centerline, as well as moderately different equipment (but keeping the dual propulsion concept). These ships had the same defects of constructional weakness and instability as the K class, and were moreover limited to the Baltic and North Sea throughout World War II for these reasons.

The Leipzig class was a category of light cruisers of the German Kriegsmarine, made up of two ships called after German cities, Leipzig and Nürnberg. The Leipzig class, an enhanced K class cruiser, was the last class of light cruisers built by Germany. Counter to the practice used in the K class, with the Leipzig class designers choosing to mount the gun turrets on the center line once more.

The secondary ship of the class, Nürnberg ,was slightly altered and divergent from the original design. The Nürnberg, which became the Russian Admiral Makarov, carried on for years to follow (NHC).


Emden Light cruiser
Karlsruhe Light cruiser
Köln Light cruiser
Leipzig Light cruiser
Nürnberg Light cruiser picture 1
Königsberg Light cruiser


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