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Kriegsmarine Destroyer

Z8 - Bruno Heinemann



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  Z 8 Bruno Heinemann (1941)


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 October 1941.

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 51°16'N,02°15'E.


Construction Data Dimensions Commanders
Laid down:     Deschimag Bremen, 14.01.1936
Launched:     15.09.1936
Commissioned:     08.01.1938
Fate:     sunk 25.01.1942
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/FK Berger:     Jan 1938 - Dec 1939
KK Langheld:     Dec 1939  - May 1940
KK Alberts:     May 1940 - Jan 1942



Armour and Aircraft

Engines & Performance

15 cm Utof:     4 (only 1939)
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