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Light Cruiser

Karlsruhe Light cruiser

Service Data

In Service: 6 November 1929 to 9 April 1940

Production Data

Builder: Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel
Construction No: 207
Laid down: 27 July 1926
Launched: 20 August 1927
Commissioned: 6 November 1929

Technical Data

Type: Light cruiser
Class: Königsberg

Displacement: 6,000 tons standard 7,700 tons full load
Length: 174 m
Beam: 15.2 m
Draft: 6.28 m
Propulsion: 3 × shafts 4 MAN 10 × cylinder diesels engines 2 × geared turbines producing up to 68,200 shp
Speed: 32.1 knots
Range: 5,700 nautical miles at 19 knots
Crew: 850 men and officers
9 × 15 cm L/60 SK C/25
carried 1,080 rounds
2 × 8.8 cm L/45 SK C/35
carried 800 rounds
2 × 8.8 cm L/76 SK C/32 after 1933 4 after 1935
carried 1,600 rounds
6 × 8.8 cm L/76 SK C/32 after 1940
carried 2,400 rounds
8 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30 after 1934
carried 9,600 rounds
8 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 17,600 rounds
12 × 53.3 cm torpedoe tubes
24 × torpedo's carried
120 mines
Armour Belt 50 to 70 mm, Deck 40 mm, Turrets 20 mm,
Aircraft: 2 × Heinkel He 60 seaplanes
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Light cruisers


Karlsruhe was a light cruiser of the German K class in World War II, the additional ships in class being the Königsberg and Köln. The K class were the foremost cruisers of the German navy to procure electric welding methods and a freshly designed triple 15 cm gun turrets were affixed.


6 November 1929
The Karlsruhe is commissioned.

8 April 1940
The Karlsruhe takes part in operation Weserübung (Invasion of Denmark and Norway) along with
torpedo boats Greif, Luchs, and Seeadler heading for Kristiansand South and Arendal.

9 April 1940
The Karlsruhe is attacked by British submarine HMS Truant off Kristiansand. The Karlsruhe is hit by one torpedo disabling both engines and power stations. The crew are rescued by the torpedo boat Greif. The Karlsruhe is then sunk with two torpedoes from the Greif at 22.50.


Eugen Lindau
Takes command on 6 November 1929
Ends command on 25 September 1931

Erwin Waßner
Takes command on 25 September 1931
Ends command on 8 December 1932

Harsdorf von Enderndorf
Takes command on 8 December 1932
Ends command on 16 September 1934

Günther Lütjens
Takes command on 16 September 1934
Ends command on 23 September 1935

Leopold Siemens
Takes command on 23 September 1935
Ends command on 29 September 1937

Erich Förste
Takes command on 29 September 1937
Ends command on 21 May 1938

Friedrich Rieve
Takes command on 13 November 1939
Ends command on 10 April 1940


Karlsruhe picture 2
Karlsruhe picture 3

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by Bob McCormick 01/06/2010

"Der Karlsruhe" visited Tacoma, Wa., March, 1934, Machinist Mate Carl Lischke died of food poison. Food from his family. He is buried here and we visit his grave often. Capt. Harsdorf von Enderndorf was the ships caption at the time.


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