German destroyer Z17 Diether von Roeder

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Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-758-0056-35, Norwegen, deutsche Kriegsschiffe.jpg
Diether von Roeder (front) at Narvik, the destroyer in the back is Z9 Wolfgang Zenker. The smaller vessels are captured Norwegian patrol boats.
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: Diether von Roeder
Namesake: Diether von Roeder
Ordered: 6 January 1935
Builder: AG Weser (Deschimag), Bremen
Yard number: W919
Laid down: 9 September 1936
Launched: 19 August 1937
Completed: 29 August 1938
Fate: Scuttled, 13 April 1940
General characteristics
Class & type: Type 1936-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,806 tonnes (2,762 long tons) (standard)
Length: 123.4 m (404 ft 10 in) o/a
Beam: 11.75 m (38 ft 7 in)
Draft: 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)
Installed power: 70,000 shp (52,000 kW)
Propulsion: 2 × shafts
2 × Wagner geared steam turbine sets
6 × Wagner water-tube boilers
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)
Range: 2,090 nmi (3,870 km; 2,410 mi) at 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)
Complement: 323
Armament: 5 × 1 - 12.7 cm (5 in) guns

2 × 2 - 3.7 cm (1.5 in) anti-aircraft guns
7 × 1 - 2 cm (0.8 in) AA guns
2 × 4 - 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes

60 mines

Z17 Diether von Roeder was a Type 1936-class destroyer built for the Kriegsmarine in the late 1930s.

Service History[edit]

Diether von Roeder first saw action patrolling the Skagerrak alongside other German destroyers and inspecting merchant ships there on 28–30 September 1939.[1] On 17–18 October 1939, Diether Von Roeder was among the destroyers conducting offensive mining operations off the Humber Estuary. These mines resulted in the sinking of seven ships totaling 25,825 tons.[2] During Operation Weserübung, the German invasion of Norway, Diether von Roeder was assigned to Group 1, attacking Narvik. During the First Naval Battle of Narvik, Diether von Roeder was the German picket ship stationed to warn of any British attempt to enter Narvik harbor. However, while Diether von Roeder was away refueling, and five British destroyers entered the harbor. In the ensuing battle, Diether von Roeder was damaged.[3] The Second Naval Battle of Narvik took place three days later. During the course of that battle, Diether von Roeder damaged HMS Cossack, but is damaged again and scuttled after the battle.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rohwer 2005, pg. 5
  2. ^ Rohwer 2005, pg. 7
  3. ^ Rohwer 2005, pg. 19
  4. ^ Rohwer 2005, pg. 20

References[edit]

  • Gröner, Erich (1990). German Warships: 1815–1945. Volume 1: Major Surface Warships. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-790-9. 
  • Haarr, Geirr H. (2009). The German Invasion of Norway, April 1940. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-59114-310-9. 
  • Koop, Gerhard; Schmolke, Klaus-Peter (2003). German Destroyers of World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-59114-307-1. 
  • Rohwer, Jürgen (2005). Chronology of the War at Sea 1939-1945: The Naval History of World War Two (Third Revised ed.). Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-59114-119-2. 
  • Whitley, M. J. (1991). German Destroyers of World War Two. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-302-8. 

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Coordinates: 68°25′N 17°24′E / 68.417°N 17.400°E / 68.417; 17.400