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Kriegsmarine Destroyer

Z6 Theodor Riedel



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  Z6 Theodor Riedel (1942)


Named after Theodor Riedel, commander of the 6. torpedo half-flotilla in World War I , who died during the battle of Jutland.

Z6 Theodor Riedel took part in the the ill fated mine laying operation in February 1940 (Operation Wikinger) . During in Operation Weserübung  the RieZ6 Theodor Riedel  was part of the Kriegsschiffgruppe 2 heading for Trondheim.

Assigned to the 5th destroyer flotilla, the ship was first stationed in Norway, after a short assignment in France it returned to Norway again. In December 1942, the ship took part in the Battle of the Barents Sea  and in September 1943 it was used during Operation Sizilien.

In November 1943, Z6 Theodor Riedel was  used for escort duties between Norway and Germany and patrols at Jutland, stationed in Horten. In the final days of the war,  the destroyer was part of the evacuation fleet in East Prussia and decommissioned on 09.05.1945. Taken over by the British, given to France in February 1946. Renamed as Kleber , in service until 21.04.1957. Later used as hulk Q86 , scrapped 1958.


Construction Data Dimensions Commanders
Laid down:     Deschimag Bremen, 18.07.1935
Launched:     22.04.1936
Commissioned:     02.07.1937
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 Fechner:     Jul 1937 - Oct 1938
KK Böhming:     Oct 1938 - Nov1941
KK/FK Riede:     Apr 1941 - Sep 1943
KK Frhr v. Hausen:     Sep 1943 - Jan 1944
KK Menge:     Jan 1944 - Jun 1944
KL/KK Blöse:     Jun 1944 - May 1945



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
Total Performance:     72100 shp
Speed:     36,4 kn
Range:     2040 sm at 19 kn
Shafts:     2
Turbines:     2
Type:     Wagner Geared Turbines

Operational History