Blucher (Hipper Class)


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Laid down 15th August 1935
Launched 8th June 1937
Completed N/A
Commissioned 20th September 1939
Fate Sunk:
9th April 1940 in Oslofjord, Norway
Builders Deutsch Werke, Kiel
Germany
Complement 1600
Dimensions
Displacement 14247 tons std
18208 tons max
Dimensions 675' 4" x 69' 9"
Draught 19'
Armament
Main guns 8 x 8" (2 x 4)
Secondary guns 12 x 4.1" (6 x 2)
Torpedo tubes 12 x 21" (4 x 3)
Other weapons 12 x 40mm (6 x 2)
8 x 37mm (8 x 1)
Countermeasures None
Armour Deck: 0.5" - 2"
Belt: 2.75" - 3"
C.T.: 2" - 6"
Turrets: 2.75" - 4"
Aircraft Facilities
Aircraft 3 x Arado Ar196 seaplanes
Flightdeck None
Hangar N/A
Catapults 1
Arrestor system None
Aviation fuel N/A
Electronics Fit
Radar As built:
None
1940:
FuMo 22 surface search
Sonar None
ECM None
Other N/A
Machinery
Engines 12 x Wagner boilers
3 x Deschimag steam turbines
Power output 133631shp
Speed 32.5kts
Shafts 3
Range 6500NM @ 17kts
Fuel 3050 tons oil

Various modifications delayed Bluchers completion. She saw no action until the invasion of Norway in April 1940, and damaged by shore guns, and then sunk by 2 torpedoes from Kaaholm fort.

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