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Kriegsmarine Destroyer

Z12 - Erich Giese 1934a



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 Special thanks to Michael Emmerich of for the use of images and information in this section.


  Named after the toprpedo boat commander Erich Giese in World War I.


Z12 Erich Giese  took part in one mining operation in British coastal waters on 07.12.1939 where it torpedoed the British destroyer Jersey , damaging the ship heavily.

  During in Operation Weserübung  the Z12 Erich Giese  was part of the Kriegsschiffgruppe 1 heading for Narvik, where it was sunk on 13.04.1940 after a battle with 6 British destroyers.


Construction Data Dimensions Commanders
Laid down:     Germaniawerft Kiel, 03.05.1935
Launched:     12.03.1937
Commissioned:     04.03.1939
Fate:     sunk 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 Smidt:     Mar 1939 - 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