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Kriegsmarine Destroyer

Z17 Diether von Roeder 1936



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Z 17 Diether von Roeder (1938)

Named after Diether von Roeder, commader of the torrpedo boat S66 which sunk in July 1918


After a short intervention in the Baltic Sea at the outbreak of the war, the Z17 Diether von Roeder was used to lay mine fields in the North Sea (Westwall) in September 1939, followed by one mine laying operation off the British coast until February 1940. During in Operation Weserübung  the Z17 Diether von Roeder was part of the Kriegsschiffgruppe 1 heading for Narvik. where it was heavily damaged during a battle with British destroyers on 10.04.1940 in Narvik. The destroyer was sunk during a the second destroyer battle on 13.04.1940 while anchoring in Narvik harbor. 


Construction Data Dimensions Commanders
Laid down:     Deschimag Bremen, 09.09.1936
Launched:     19.08.1937
Commissioned:     29.08.1938
Fate:     sunk 13.04.1941 (Narvik)
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
KL/KK Holtorf:     Aug 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