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Kriegsmarine Destroyer

Z7 - Hermann Schoemann



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Z 7 Hermann Schoemann (1942)
Named after Hermann Schoemann, commander of the Flandern flotilla in World War I , who died during a battle against British destroyers.


Z7 Hermann Schoemann was operating in Norwegian waters as part of the 5th Z-Flottila until 1942. Then send to France to support Operation Cerberus  in February of 1942 and returned to Norway again. Together with Z24 and Z25Z7 Hermann Schoemann attacked the damaged British cruiser Edinburgh . In this battle, the destroyer was hit in the engine room and later  was sunk by torpedoes of Z24 on 02.05.1942 in the Barents Sea.


Construction Data Dimensions Commanders
Laid down:     Deschimag Bremen, 07.09.1935
Launched:     16.07.1936
Commissioned:     09.09.1937
Fate:     sunk 02.05.1942
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 Schulte Mönting:     Sep 1937 - Oct 1938
KK Detmers:     Oct 1938 - Jul 1940
KL Loerke:     Jul 1940 - Oct 1940
KK Wittig:     Oct 1940 - May 1942



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