KM Nurnberg (CL-1935)


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The Leipzig class of 1935 was a definite advance over the prior K class cruisers. Armament increased to 12 guns of 5.9", new engines and boilers of new type coupled with diesels for the first time in a cruiser class for extended range. The increase in size was not just for the extra turret but also for extra bunkerage of both diesel and fuel oil.

Long lean ships with plenty of firepower and speed they were a match for the Commonwealth 6" cruisers. With 4 of the twin 88mm/L56 mountings this gave the ships a superb heavy AA capability, while the 37mm and 20mm weapons were added to during the war. A set of triple 21" torpedo tubes on either beam rounded out a useful armament (originally four sets were mounted but two were removed in favour of more AA guns). The aircraft handling facilities were removed in the late 1930's when the ships were slated to act as escorts to the new large carriers where these ships long range would be an advantage.


Displacement 9,700 tons std, 12,800 full load
Length 632 ft
Breadth 58 ft
Draught 24.5 ft
Machinery 4 shaft mixed steam and diesel propulsion.

2 shaft Steam Turbines 50,000shp

2 shaft diesel engines 25,000ihp

Speed 32 knots
Range 8000 miles at 18 knots
Armour 3.5" side, 2" deck, 2.6" turrets
Armament 12 x 5.9" (4x3)

8 x 88mm (4x2)

8 x 37mm (4x2)

30 x 20mm (4x4 14x1)

Aircraft nil
Torpedoes 6 x 21" (2x3)
Complement 850
Notes KM Nurnberg

KM Leipzig

KM Berlin


As completed with catapult, no funnel cap and four triple sets of torpedo tubes..


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