Named after Bruno Heineman, first officer on the
German battleship König who died defending the flag during
a mutiny in 1918.
Z8 Bruno Heinemann
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.
The ship took part in two mining operations in
British coastal waters. During in Operation Weserübung the Z8
Bruno Heinemann was part of the Kriegsschiffgruppe 2 heading
for Trondheim. After the German attack on the Soviet Union, the 6th
destroyer division transferred to Arctic, stationed in Kirkens until
After repairs in Germany, the destroyer was send
to France as part of the 5th destroyer division to take part in
Operation Cerberus in February of 1942. On transit to France, the
ship sunk by a mine hit on 25.01.1942 west of Ostend at