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Kriegsmarine Destroyer

Z5 - Paul Jacobi 1934a



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  Zerstörer Z5 Paul Jakobi of the Zerstörer 1934A class in 1942


Named after Paul Jakobi, commander of the 8. torpedo half-flotilla in World War I , who sunk with his boat V25 after amine hit in 1915.


Construction Data Dimensions Commanders
Laid down:     Deschimag Bremen, 15.07.1935
Launched:     24.03.1936
Commissioned:     29.06.1937
Fate:     scrapped 1958
Costs:     12,7 Mio Reichsmark
Size (Max):     3110 t
Length (Total):     119,0 m
Length (Waterline):     114,0 m
Beam:     11,3 m
Draft:     4,23 m
Crew:     325
KK Peters:     Jun 1937 - Oct 1938
KK/FK Zimmer:     Oct 1938 - Feb 1941
KK/FK Schlieper:     Feb 1941 - Jul 1944
KK Bülter:     Jul 1944 - May 1945



Armour and Aircraft

Engines & Performance

12,7 cm L/45 C/36:     5 (4 since 1944)
3,7 cm L/83 C/30:     4
2 cm MG L/65 C/30:     6 (10 since 1944)
53,3 cm Torpedo tubes:     8
Mines:     60
Shafts:     2
Turbines:     2
Type:     Wagner Geared Turbines
Total Performance:     72100 shp
Speed:     36,4 kn
Range:     2040 sm at 19 kn

Operational History

During in Operation Weserübung  the Paul Jakobi was part of the Kriegsschiffgruppe 2 heading for Trondheim. Assigned to the 5th destroyer flotilla, the ship was first stationed in Norway.

 In January 1942, the 5th destroyer flotilla was transferred to France to support Operation Cerberus  in February of 1942. After this, the ship was again send to Norway, operating with the major Kriegsmarine ships in this area until November 1943. Paul Jakobi was then used for escort duties between Norway and Germany and patrols at Jutland and was severely damaged during an air raid in Kiel in December 1943. After being repaired, the ship took part in the evacuation of East Prussia in the final days of the war and was decommissioned on 07.05.1945.

Taken over by the British, given to France in February 1946. Renamed as Desaix , in service until 17.02.1954. Later used as hulk Q02 , scrapped 1958.