KM Z1 (DDL-1930+)


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Classed as Destroyers (Zerstorer, hence the Z prefix) in any other navy they are destroyer leaders. The Germans never used these ships in that fashion, doleing out the ships per operation rather than by squadrons or flotillas. The Z1 type were the first large destroyers since the V116 large destroyers. The unwieldly and slow firing single 5.9" of that class were replace with a new 5.1" (130mm) single gun that was originally fitted in a low angle mount that was later refurbished onto a dual-purpose sea and air mounting.

These are big ships with a useful armament but their biggest draw back in this class were the unreliable engines. This kept the eight ships of the first 1930-type ships close to the coast and in the Baltic for operations.


Displacement 2,700 tons std, 3,650 tons full load
Length 415.5 ft
Breadth 40 ft
Draught 15 ft
Machinery 2 shaft Steam Turbines 70,000shp
Speed 36 knots
Range 2400 miles at 19 knots
Armour nil
Armament 5 x 5.1" (5x1)

4 x 37mm (2x2)

12 x 20mm (2x4 4x1)

Mines 60 (when fitted)
Torpedoes 8 x 21" (2x4)
Complement 275
Notes Z1




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