german German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945 Admiral Scheer (+1945)
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nationality german
purpose war
type cruiser (heavy)
subtype/class Deutschland class cruiser (ger.)
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1933
weight (tons) 12100  grt
dimensions 187.8 x 21.3 x 7.3 m
material steel, armoured
engine 8 x MAN diesels, 2 shafts, 2 propellers
armament 6 × 28 cm (11 in) in triple turrets, 8 × 15 cm (5.9 in) in single turrets, 6 × 10.5 cm (4.1 in) in twin turrets, 8 × 3.7 cm (1.5 in), 10 × 2 cm (0.79 in), 8 × 53.3 cm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes
power 52050  s.h.p.
speed 26  knots
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cause lost air raid
date lost 09/04/1945  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.32rank: 615
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Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven (Prev. Kaiserliche/Reichsmarine Werft), Wilhelmshaven
German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945
complement 1150
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entered 28/11/2007
last update Lettens Jan
last update 09/01/2014
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Allen Tony28/11/2007On the night of the 9th April 1945, during a general RAF bombing raid on Kiel Dockyard by over 300 aircraft Admiral Scheer was struck by bombs and capsized at her berth. Most of her crew were ashore at the time, but 32 men were killed.

After the war her upturned hull was partially scrapped, with what remained being buried under rubble as the dock was filled in to make a car park.
Lettens Jan13/08/2011CONVOY HX-84

The German battlecruiser Admiral Scheer sailed on 14 October 1940 and her first target was convoy HX-84 from Halifax Nova Scotia, which had been identified by B-Dienst radio intercepts. Admiral Scheer's seaplane located the convoy on 5 November 1940 and, believing it to be unescorted, Admiral Scheer closed in.

However, as the convoy appeared over the horizon, one vessel sailed out to challenge her. The HMS Jervis Bay , commanded by Captain Edward Fegen, was an armed merchant ship and was the only defence for the convoy. Owing to insufficient Allied warship numbers at this early stage in the war, convoys received destroyer escorts only on the last three days of their journey.

HMS Jervis Bay with her eight 6 in (15 cm) guns was hopelessly outclassed, but the German ship had to deal with her before pursuing the convoy, which had already begun to scatter and make smoke. Admiral Scheer succeeded in sinking six other ships, Kenbane Head, Beaverford, Fresno City, Maidan, Mopan, Trewellard and setting the tanker San Demetrio on fire (later salvaged).

The damage inflicted by Admiral Scheer would have been far greater, had it not been for the sacrifice of courageous HMS Jervis Bay and her heroic crew.

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German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945

Kriegsmarine is the name of the Navy of Germany during WWII, not to be confused with Imperial German Navy, which is the German Navy during WWI and before.
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 Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven (Prev. Kaiserliche/Reichsmarine Werft), Wilhelmshaven
Kriegsmarinewerft is the name this famous naval shipyard got when the Nazi regime was installed. Before that, this yard was called Reichsmarinewerft or the Kaiserliche Werft.
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