K Class Cruiser

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'K' Class German Cruisers 

Displacement: 6650 tons.  8130 tons deep load.  Speed: 32 knots, Range 5,200 miles at  19 knots.   Compliment 820 - 850.  Armament: Nine 5.9 inch  (150mm) guns in (3 x 3)  Six 3.5 inch ( 88mm)  Eight 37mm AA (4 x 2 ) twelve 21 inch Torpedo Tubes ( 4 x 3 )  plus 2 aircraft.

KMS Koningsburg 26th March 1927 Sunk on 10th April 1940.
KMS Karlsruhe 20th August 1927 Sunk on 9th April 1940.
KMS K?n 23rd May 1928 Sunk on 30th April 1945.
KMS Karlsruhe of the K class Cruisers was built at Deutsche Werle, Kiel. and laid down on the 27th July 1926 , launched 20th August 1927 and completed 6th November 1929.  These were the first cruisers of the German navy to incorporate  electric welding technique. and the new triple 5.9 inch (150mm) gun turret. In 1929 became a training ship and made a world cruise. but weakness in her Hull plating meant she had to be refitted and structural repairs at San Diego during the cruise. in April 1936  at the outbreak of world war two, KMS Konigsberg  undertook mine laying duties in the North sea. On the 9th April 1904 during the Norwegian campaign she joined Task Force 4 for the invasion of Kristiansand and Arendal.  On the 9th April 1940 she was torpedoed and damaged by HM Submarine Truant. and later sunk by Torpedoes from German torpedo Boat Grief off Kristiansand.

KMS Koln  a K class Cruiser of the Kriegsmarine./ built by Wilhelmshaven Navy yard, and laid down 7th August 1926, launched 23rd May 1928 and completed 15th January 1930. These were the first cruisers of the German navy to incorporate  electric welding technique. and the new triple 5.9 inch (150mm) gun turret. During 1936 - 1939 used as part of the scooting forces, in the non intervention Patrol during the Spanish Civil war.  at the outbreak of world war two, KMS Konigsberg  undertook mine laying duties in the North sea  on the 9th April 1904 during the Norwegian campaign she joined Task Force 3 for the invasion of Bergen.  between 1940 and 1942 Koln served in the Baltic. In 1943 became part of the stand by dforce in Norway. In 1944 served  against Russia and also used as a training ship for cadets. On the 3rd March  Koln went for refit at Wilhelmshaven Navy yard. and on the 30 April 1945 was bomb by the Royal Air Force and sunk, settling on the bottom with her super structure above the waterline.. On the 6th April she was decommissioned but later used for local defence battery. Scrapped in  1946.

KMS Konigsberg of the K class Cruisers was built at Wilhelmshaven  navy yard. and laid down on the 12th April 1926 , launched 26th march 1927 and completed 17th April 1929.  These were the first cruisers of the German navy to incorporate  electric welding technique. and the new triple 5.9 inch (150mm) gun turret.  at the outbreak of world war two, KMS Konigsberg  undertook mine laying duties in the North sea and became the flagship of the Senior Officer of the scouting Forces.   on the 9th April 1904 during the Norwegian campaign she joined Task Force 3 for the invasion of Bergen. and was damaged by shore based artillery, during the landing operations.   she remained at  Bergen as part of the local defense forces. while the rest of task force 3 returned to Germany. While at Bergen she was attacked by British Fleet Air Arm  Skuas on the 10th April 1940. which started major fires onboard she was put out of action.  In 1943 the wreck was re flotted and dry docked, but capsized on the 22nd September 1944 and abandoned  and finally broken up. 

Displacement: 6650 tons.  8130 tons deep load.  Speed: 32 knots, Range 5,200 miles at  19 knots.   Compliment 820 - 850.  Armament: Nine 5.9 inch  (150mm) guns in (3 x 3)  Six 3.5 inch ( 88mm)  Eight 37mm AA (4 x 2 ) twelve 21 inch Torpedo Tubes ( 4 x 3 )  plus 2 aircraft.

Stern guns of a K class cruiser - identified by Carl Proctor

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGC089

The (stern) guns are staggered, note how the turret to the rear in the picture is to port.  Each turret also has twin stacks, one on each rear corner. This type of gun arrangement was fitted to the German K class cruisers. -  Thanks as always Carl.