KMS Koln

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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.

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.

Admiral Scheer with the Cruiser Koln.

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Koln, 1930.

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Koln.

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German Light Cruiser Koln.  Identified by Frank Kohlmann from our Unidentified German Ships page

 KMS Koln

Koln.

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Koln Sent in by Gary Fletcher