(DD) Z1 Leberecht Maass Class

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(DD) Z1 Leberecht Maass Class

Post  Hunterman009 on Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:51 am

Specifications:

Class and type: Type 1934 destroyer
Displacement: 3,156 long tons (3,207 t)
Length: 119.3 m (391 ft 5 in)
Beam: 11.3 m (37 ft 1 in)
Speed: 38.2 knots (70.7 km/h; 44.0 mph)
Complement: 325

Armament:

Armament: • 5 × single 12.7 cm (5 in) guns
• 4 × 3.7 cm AA guns
• 6 × 2 cm anti-aircraft guns
• 8 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes

History:


On 3 September 1939, Z1 Leberecht Maass and Z9 Wolfgang Zenker took part in an attack on the Polish ships Gryf and Wicher in Gdynia harbour, and Leberecht Maass was hit in a gun shield and suffered her first four war deaths (the German ships caused only minor damage to the Gryf). It is not clear if Leberecht Maass was hit by the Gryf or the Polish 152 mm coastal battery at Hel.

In early 1940, the ship was part of the 2nd Destroyer Flotilla in the North Sea. On 22 February 1940, Leberecht Maass and five other destroyers sailed for the Dogger Bank to intercept British fishing vessels in "Operation Wikinger". En route, the flotilla was erroneously attacked by a Luftwaffe bomber. Leberecht Maass was hit by one bomb, lost steering and strayed into a British minefield. The ship hit a mine and broke in half, sinking with the loss of 282 of her crew. Only 60 were saved. During the rescue effort, Z3 Max Schultz also hit a mine and sank with her entire crew.

This information and more found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_destroyer_Z1_Leberecht_Maass
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