GD Logo small.gif (6909 bytes)

Kriegsmarine Destroyer

Z18 Hans Ludemann 1936



GD mini Logo.gif (2341 bytes)


GD mini Logo.gif (2341 bytes)

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

Z 18 Hans Lüdemann (1939)

Named after Hans Lüdemann, naval engineer who died saving torpedo boat S148 after an explosion in the boiler room in 1913.


As part of the 5th destroyer division, the Z18 Hans Lüdemann was used to lay mine fields in the North Sea (Westwall) in September 1939, followed by two mine laying operation off the British coast until February 1940. During in Operation Weserübung  the ship was part of the Kriegsschiffgruppe 1 heading for Narvik where it was scuttled on 13.04.1940 in the Rombakkenfjord near Narvik after a battle with British destroyers after  running out of ammo and fuel. 


Construction Data Dimensions Commanders
Laid down:     Deschimag Bremen, 09.09.1936
Launched:     01.12.1937
Commissioned:     08.10.1938
Fate:     scuttled on 13.04.1940
Costs:     12,87 Mio Reichsmark
Size (Max):     3415 t
Length (Total):     123,40 m
Length (Waterline):     120,00 m
Beam:     11,75 m
Draft:     4,50 m
Crew:     323
KK Friedrichs:     Oct 1938 - Apr 1940



Armour and Aircraft

Engines & Performance

12,7 cm L/45 C/34 (5"):     5
3,7 cm L/83 C/30:     4
2 cm MG L/65 C/30:     4
53,3 cm Torpedo tubes:     8
Mines:     60
Depth Charge launcher:     4
Shafts:     2
Turbines:     2
Type:     Wagner (Deschimag build)
Total Performance:     74482
Speed:     40,45 kn
Range:     2050 miles at 19 kn

Operational History