German destroyer Z36

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Nazi Germany
Name: Z36
Builder: AG Weser (Deschimag), Bremen
Laid down: 15 September 1941
Launched: 15 May 1943
Commissioned: 19 February 1944
Fate: Sunk 12 December 1944, while laying a minefield off Estonia in the Gulf of Finland
Notes: Captained by Fredric von Hausen[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Zerstörer 1936B[1]
Displacement: 3,540 long tons (3,600 t) maximum
  • 127 m (416 ft 8 in) o/a
  • 121.5 m (398 ft 7 in) w/l[1]
Beam: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)[1]
Draught: 4.21 m (13 ft 10 in)[1]
  • 2 × Wagner geared turbines, 70,000 shp
  • 2 shafts[1]
Speed: 36.5 knots (67.6 km/h; 42.0 mph)[1]
Range: 2,600 nmi (4,800 km) at 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)[1]
Complement: 330

Z36 was a Type 1936B destroyer of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine. She was laid down on 15 September 1941 at Deschimag in Bremen, launched on 15 May 1943 and commissioned on 19 February 1944. Her service was with the 6th Destroyer Flotilla in the Baltic Sea, under the command of Kapitan Kommendant Fredric von Hausen.[2] On 12 December, while laying a minefield off Estonia in the Gulf of Finland, she struck a German mine and sank.[2] Finnish diving team has found those ships. Look link:


Z36 was a Type 1936B-class destroyer, which meant that the twin 15.9 cm (6.3 in) turrets positioned on the bow and stern of the ship were removed.[3] This was because the older Type 1936A class of destroyers were deemed less stable.[3] The twin turrets, which were planned to have been used on the O-class battlecruisers but diverted due to time constraints were removed and replaced with five single 12.7 centimetres (5.0 in) turrets, along with more anti-aircraft defences.[3] Besides that, the ship retained the main characteristics of the 1936A class. They displaced 2,527 tonnes (2,487 long tons), and were manned by 321 sailors and officers.[4] Although they had a maximum speed of 38 knots (70 km/h; 44 mph), their range was 6,200 metres (6.2 km) at 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph).[4] Her main armament of five 12.7 cm SK C/34 naval guns[4] could be depressed to −10° and raised to 30°.[5] They had an arc of fire of 360°, meaning that they could rotate a full circle, able to fire at any given point.[5] The guns fired 28-kilogram (62 lb) high-explosive shells at a muzzle velocity of 830 metres per second (2,700 ft/s) to a range of 17,400 metres (19,000 yd).[5] The destroyer also carried four 3.7 cm (1.5 in) anti-aircraft guns and six 2 cm (0.79 in) anti-aircraft guns in pairs.[4] She had eight 53.3 cm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes and, when fitted as a minelayer, could carry 76 mines.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Williamson & Palmer 2003, pp. 22–23
  2. ^ a b "Z36 History". Kriegsmarine. Retrieved 21 Apr 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "Type 1936B destroyer class history". Kriegsmarine. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e (2010). "German Destroyers". Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c D., Tony (2010). "Germany 12.7 cm/45 (5") SK C/34". Retrieved 21 July 2011. [permanent dead link]


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Coordinates: 59°37′N 24°51′E / 59.617°N 24.850°E / 59.617; 24.850