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KRIEGSMARINE (GERMANY)

TORPEDO SHIPS

"1936A (Mob)" type destroyers (1942-1943)

Z31 1942

Z37 1943

Z38 1943

Z39 1943

Z31 1944

Z31 1944

Z39 1945

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Z31 1001 Deschimag, Bremen 9/1940 15/5/1941 4/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to UK 12/1945, to France 2/1946 (Marceau)
Z32 1002 Deschimag, Bremen 11/1940 15/8/1940 9/1942 sunk 8/6/1944
Z33 1003 Deschimag, Bremen 12/1940 15/9/1941 2/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to USSR 2/1946 (Проворный <Provornyy>)
Z34 1004 Deschimag, Bremen 1/1941 5/5/1942 6/1943 damaged 16/4/1945, never repaired
Z37 627 Germaniawerft, Kiel 1/1940 24/2/1941 7/1942 damaged by collision 30/1/1944, repair incomplete
Z38 628 Germaniawerft, Kiel 4/1940 5/8/1941 3/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to UK 9/1945 (Nonsuch)
Z39 629 Germaniawerft, Kiel 8/1940 2/12/1941 8/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to USA 7/1945 (DD939), to France for spares 1947

  

Displacement standard, t

2657

Displacement full, t

3691

Length, m

121.9 wl 127.0 oa

Breadth, m

12.0

Draught, m

3.92

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Deschimag geared steam turbines, 6 Wagner boilers

Power, h. p.

70000

Max speed, kts

36

Fuel, t

oil 825

Endurance, nm(kts) 2950(19)

Armament

Z31: 4 x 1 - 149/46 Tbts KC/36, 2 x 2 - 37/80 SK C/30, 2 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 2 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT (30), 60 mines

Z32: 1 x 2 - 149/46 Tbts KC/36T, 3 x 1 - 149/46 Tbts KC/36, 2 x 2 - 37/80 SK C/30, 1 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 2 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT (30), 60 mines

others: 1 x 2 - 149/46 Tbts KC/36T, 3 x 1 - 149/46 Tbts KC/36, 2 x 2 - 37/80 SK C/30, 2 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 4 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT (30), 60 mines

Sensors

FuMO 21 radar

Complement

332

Ship project history: They were ordered under the mobilisation program and repeated type 1936А, but differed by the simplified construction technology. All, except for lead Z31, were completed with twin fwd turret.

Modernizations: 3/1944, Z31: - 1 x 1 - 149/46; + 1 x 2 - 149/46 SK C/36

6/1944, Z32: - 2 x 1 - 20/65; + 2 x 1 - 37/57 FlaK M/43

early 1945, Z31: - 1 x 2 - 149/46, 2 x 2 - 37/80, 1 x 4 - 20/65, 2 x 1 - 20/65; + 1 x 1 - 105/42 SK C/32, 6 x 2 - 37/69 FlaK M/42, 2 x 1 - 37/57 FlaK M/43, 2 x 2 - 20/65 C/38

early 1945, Z33: - 2 x 2 - 37/80, 1 x 4 - 20/65, 2 x 1 - 20/65; + 6 x 2 - 37/69 FlaK M/42, 2 x 1 - 37/57 FlaK M/43, 2 x 2 - 20/65 C/38

early 1945, Z34: - 1 x 1 - 149/46, 2 x 1 - 20/65; + 3 x 1 - 40/56 FlaK 28, 2 x 1 - 37/57 FlaK M/43, 4 x 2 - 20/65 C/38

early 1945, Z38: - 4 x 1 - 20/65; + 2 x 1 - 37/57 FlaK M/43, 4 x 2 - 20/65 C/38

early 1945, Z39: - 1 x 1 - 149/46, 2 x 2 - 37/80, 2 x 1 - 20/65; + 6 x 2 - 37/69 FlaK M/42, 2 x 1 - 37/57 FlaK M/43, 2 x 2 - 20/65 C/38

Naval service: Z37 was damaged 30/1/1944 as result of collision with Z32 in bay of Biscay, stricken 20/8/1944, 24/8/1944 blown up at Bordeaux. Z32 was lost 9/6/1944 in battle against British destroyers Tartar, Ashanti and Canadians Haida and Huron at Ushant. Z34 was damaged 15/4/1945 by Soviet MTBs TK-131, TK-141 in the Danziger Bight, never repaired and after war scuttled by Allies in Skagerrack. Z31 was damaged 28/1/1945 in battle against British light cruisers Mauritius and Diadem at Bergen; on reparations transferred to the UK and in 1946 transferred to France as Marceau. On reparations Z33 was transferred to the USSR as Provorny. Z38 was transferred to the UK as Nonsuch. Z39 was transferred to the USA as DD939 and in 1947 sold on spare parts to France.

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