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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's P Class Battlecruisers

Design

Design work started in 1937. These were added to the Z-Plan construction plans.

Ships

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  • Manufacturer: Germania Werft at Kiel

P

  • Manufacturer: Wilhelmshaven Dock Yard

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  • Manufacturer: Deutsche Werke at Kiel
  • August 8, 1939: Ordered.

Usage

The P class ships were to be used as long range raiders but were never constructed.

Specifications

  P Class
Crew 1,900, 1,965
Physical Characteristics  
Displacement 30,500 tons, 32,300 tons
Displacement - Loaded 35,720 tons
Length 841' 6"
256.5 m
Length - Water Line 800', 807'
246 m
Beam 98', 98' 5"
30 m
Draft / Height 23', 31' 6"
9.6 m
Draft / Height - Maximum 34' 6"
11.2 m
Performance  
Speed 33.4 knots, 33.5 knots
Speed - Diesel only 27 knots
Range at 19 knots 14,000 nautical miles
Armament 15" twin turrets: 3
38 cm L/47 C34 twin turrets: 3
5.9" twin turrets: 3
15 cm L/48 twin turrets: 3
Anti-Aircraft 4.1" twin mounts: 4
10.5 cm L/65 C33 twin mounts: 4
37 mm twin mounts: 4
37 mm L/83 C33 twin mounts: 4
20 mm: 20
20 mm C38: 20
Torpedo Tubes 53.3 cm: 6
Aircraft 4
Armor  
Belt 4" - 7"
Bulkhead - Torpedo 1.75"
Deck 2"
Deck - Armored 3"
Turrets - Main 2" - 8.25"
Turrets - Secondary 5.5"
Engines Diesel
MAN 24 cylinder diesel: 8
Boilers Wagner: 4
Shafts 3
Shafts - outer - Diesel 2
Shafts - center - Turbine 1
Turbines Geared
Brown-Boveri geared
HP 176,000
HP - Diesel 110,000, 116,000
HP - Turbine 60,000

Sources:

  1. German Warships of World War II, J. C. Taylor, 1966
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946, Robert Gardiner, 1987
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