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1935/39 Type



Minesweeper 1935/39 Type


The Minesweeper 1935/39 Type were ordered in the late 1930's to replace the aging World War One minesweepers. There were 57 vessels in this class these ships proved versatile and seaworthy. The vessels could also undertake convoy escort, anti-submarine warfare and minelaying tasks as well as minesweeping. These vessels were constructed by the following shipyards.

AG Neptun, Rostock
Atlas-Werke AG, Bremen
Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg
Flender-Werke AG, Lübeck-Siems
HC Stülcken Sohn, Hamburg
Lindenau, Memel
Lübecker Maschinenbau Gesellschaft, Lübeck
Rickmers Werft AG, Wesermünde
Stettiner Oderwerke AG, Stettin

M 40 through to M 80 construction contracts were not granted.

M 86 through to M 100 construction contracts were not granted.

M 134 through to M 150 construction contracts were not granted.

M 157 through to M 200 construction contracts were not granted.

M 207 through to M 250 construction contracts were not granted.

M 257 through to M 260 construction contracts were not granted.

Many went on to serve in German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA) that was formed from former crew members and their vessels. Several boats were transferred back to the post-war German Federal Navy (Bundesmarine) in 1956.


M 5 Minesweeper picture 1
M 7 Minesweeper picture 1
M 8 Minesweeper picture 1
M 85 Minesweeper picture 1
M 104 Minesweeper picture 1
M 132 Minesweeper picture 1


German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
ISBN-10: 0851775330

German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
ISBN-10: 155750301X

German warships of the Second World War.
ISBN-10: 0668040378

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