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Kriegsmarine Destroyer

Z11 - Bernard von Arnim 1934a



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Named after the toprpedo boat commander Bernd von Arnim who died in an Operation of his G42 on 21.04.1917 near Dover.



Bernd von Arnim was part of the 6st 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. In September 1939 it was ordered to the North Sea for commerce warfare and was able to capture two Danish transports on their way to England. The ship took part in one mining operation in British coastal waters.

During in Operation Weserübung  the Bernd von Arnim was part of the Kriegsschiffgruppe 1 heading for Narvik. On 08.04.1940 it engaged the British destroyer Glowworm which was later sunk by the heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper .

The ship was scuttled on 13.04.1940 in the Rombakkenfjord near Narvik after a battle with British destroyers because the ship was out of ammo and fuel.  In 1962, the wreck was broken down.


Construction Data Dimensions Commanders
Laid down:     Germaniawerft Kiel, 26.04.1935
Launched:     08.07.1936
Commissioned:     06.12.1938
Fate:     scuttled on 13.04.1940
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 Rechel:     Dec 1938 - Apr 1940



Armour and Aircraft

Engines & Performance

12,7 cm L/45 C/36:     5
3,7 cm L/83 C/30:     4
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