german German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945 Georg Thiele (Z-2) (+1940)
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general
nationality german
purpose war
type destroyer
subtype/class Zerstörer 1934 class
Zerstörer 1934 class Leberecht Maass (Z-1) (+1940)
propulsion steam
date built 1935
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 3156  disp (surf)
dimensions 119.3 x 11.3 x 4.23 m
material steel
engine 2 Wagner Geared turbines with 2 shafts
armament 5 × 5"/127 mm guns, 4 × 37 mm, 6 × 20 mm, 8 × 21"/533 mm T.T., 60 mines
power 70000  s.h.p.
speed 36  knots
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 13/04/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Deutsche Werke A. G., Kiel
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German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945
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complement 325
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 14/04/2008
last update Lettens Jan
last update 14/04/2011
 
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Allen Tony14/04/2008

The wreck of the German destroyer Z2 Georg Thiele can be found not far from Narvik harbour in northern Norway.

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Allen Tony14/04/2008Z2 Georg Thiele, already disabled from the First Battle of Narvik, limped into Rombaksfjord with 3 other German destroyers, firing her remaining ammunition as she went. In the course of battle she took on fresh wounds from HMS Eskimo and HMS Forester who pounded her with a barrage of shellfire. Before Z2 beached, enabling her troops from the 3rd German Mountain division to jump ashore, her TorpedoOfficer, Lt.

Sommer fired a torpedo and succeeded in blowing the entire bow section off Captain Micklethwait’s HMS Eskimo. The destroyer HMS Cossack also received damage during this conflict. The Kriegsmarine destroyers that didn’t make the shore were sunk by the British fleet
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Lettens Jan14/04/2011THE BATTLE OF NARVIK

On 1 March 1940, Adolf Hitler ordered the invasion of Norway, codenamed Weserübung. A group of 10 German destroyers Georg Thiele, Wolfgang Zenker, Bernd von Arnim, Erich Giese, Erich Koellner, Diether von Roeder, Hans Lüdemann, Hermann Künne, Wilhelm Heidkamp (flagship) and Anton Schmitt, escorted by battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, landed each some 200 land troops, off Ofotfjord.

Coastal defence ships HNoMS Norge and Eidsvold refused to surrender Narvik and were both torpedoed and sunk. The captain of the German cargo Bockenheim, assuming the intruding warships being British, scuttled his vessel. ...

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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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Lettens Jan14/04/2011THE BATTLE OF NARVIK

On 1 March 1940, Adolf Hitler ordered the invasion of Norway, codenamed Weserübung. A group of 10 German destroyers Georg Thiele, Wolfgang Zenker, Bernd von Arnim, Erich Giese, Erich Koellner, Diether von Roeder, Hans Lüdemann, Hermann Künne, Wilhelm Heidkamp (flagship) and Anton Schmitt, escorted by battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, landed each some 200 land troops, off Ofotfjord.

Coastal defence ships HNoMS Norge and Eidsvold refused to surrender Narvik and were both torpedoed and sunk. The captain of the German cargo Bockenheim, assuming the intruding warships being British, scuttled his vessel.

The Germans, now short of fuel, had only the tanker Jan Wellem in support, while Kattegat was sunk 9 Apr. by gunfire from HNoMS Nordkapp (Tor Hugo) and Skagerrak was delayed (and scuttled 14 April by her crew to avoid capture by HMS Suffolk).

FIRST BATTLE

On April 10th, the Royal Navy attacked with the 2nd Destroyer Flotilla, H-class destroyers HMS Hardy (flagship), Hotspur, Havock, Hunter and Hostile. In the first battle Wilhelm Heidkamp and Anton Schmitt were sunk. The British lost HMS Hardy and HMS Hunter. 11 merchant ships (six German, one British, two Swedish and two Norwegian) were sunk as well.

SECOND BATTLE

On April 13th, battleship HMS Warspite and nine destroyers, HMS Bedouin, Cossack, Punjabi, Eskimo, Kimberley, Hero, Icarus, Forester and Foxhound, and aircraft carrier HMS Furious attacked again. A floatplane from Furious bombed and sank U-64, anchored in the Herjangsfjord. In the battle, Erich Koellner, Diether von Roeder and Erich Giese were lost, while Hermann Künne, Wolfgang Zenker, Georg Thiele, Bernd von Arnim, and Hans Lüdemann were scuttled by their own crews, when they ran out of fuel and ammunition.
 
 
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