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Kriegsmarine Destroyer

Z5 - Hans Lody 1934a



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  Named after Hans Lody, a naval officer that was working as a spy in England during World War I and shoot in November 1914.


The Hans Lody was part of the 9th destroyer division at the outbreak of the war, operating in the Baltic Sea near Danzig and later transferred to the North sea after the Polnish campaign. The ship took part in two mining operations in British coastal waters. After the capture of French ports, the destroyer operated in the Channel since the end of the year 1940.

Together with the destroyers Richard Beitzen and Karl Galster , the Hans Lody damaged the British destroyer Javelin in November 1941. In spring of 1942, the ship transferred to Norway where it was used  was used during Operation Sizilien in September 1943. In November 1943, Hans Lody was  used for escort duties between Norway and Germany and patrols at Jutland, in  the final days of the war,  the destroyer was part of the evacuation fleet in East Prussia.

Decommissioned on 09.05.1945 and taken over by the British after the war, the ship was transferred to Portsmouth on 06.01.1946. After trials in 1946, the ship was broken down between 1949-1962.


Construction Data Dimensions Commanders
Laid down:     Germaniawerft Kiel, 01.04.1935
Launched:     14.05.1936
Commissioned:     13.09.1938
Fate:     scrapped 1946 - 1949
Costs:     13,4 Mio Reichsmark
Size (Max):     3190 t
Length (Total):     121,0 m
Length (Waterline):     116,0 m
Beam:     11,3 m
Draft:     4,23 m
Crew:     325
KK v. Puttkammer:     Sep 1938 - Aug 1939
KK Frhr. v. Wangenheim:     Aug 1939 - Oct 1940
KK Pfeiffer:     Nov 1940 - Aug 1942
KK Zenker:     Aug 1942 - Mar 1943
KL Vorsteher:     Mar 1943 - Apr 1943
FK/KzS Marks:     Apr 1943 - Nov 1943
KK/FK Haun:     Nov 1943 - Jul 1944
KL Bulla:     Jul 1944 - Nov 1944
KK/FK Haun:     Nov 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 (12 since 1944)
2 cm MG L/65 C/30:     6
53,3 cm Torpedo tubes:     8
Mines:     60
Shafts:     2
Turbines:     2
Type:     Wagner Geared Turbines
Total Performance:     70000 shp
Speed:     37,0 kn
Range:     2680 sm at 19 kn


Operational History