German destroyer Z21 Wilhelm Heidkamp

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: Wilhelm Heidkamp
Namesake: Wilhelm Heidkamp
Ordered: 6 January 1935
Builder: AG Weser (Deschimag), Bremen
Yard number: W923
Laid down: 15 December 1936
Launched: 20 August 1938
Completed: 20 June 1939
Fate: Sunk in the First Battle of Narvik, 11 April 1940
General characteristics
Class and type: Type 1936-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,806 tonnes (2,762 long tons) (standard)
Length: 125.1 m (410 ft 5 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

Z21 Wilhelm Heidkamp was a Type 1936-class destroyer built for the Kriegsmarine in the late 1930s.

Battles of Narvik[edit]

During Operation Weserübung, the German invasion of Norway, Wilhelm Heidkamp was the flagship of the Kriegsmarine force assigned to attack Narvik.[1] On 9 April 1940, Wilhelm Heidkamp sunk the old Norwegian coastal defense ship Eidsvold with torpedoes after an attempt to get the ship to surrender failed.[2] The next day, five British destroyers engaged the German force in the First Naval Battle of Narvik. During the battle, Wilhelm Heidkamp was sunk and its commander, Commodore Bonte, was killed[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rohwer 2005, pg. 18
  2. ^ Rohwer 2005, pg. 19
  3. ^ Rohwer 2005, pg. 19

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