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German Heavy Cruisers.

Hipper Class.

 

Originally there were five units in this class, Admiral.Hipper. Blucher. Prinz. Eugen. Seylitz. and Lutzow. Only the

first three were to be completed and see active service with the Kriegsmarine.

The Admiral Hipper and her sister ship Blucher were ordered under the 1934 programme. The first heavy cruisers

built for the German Navy since before 1914. They served as the model for the further class of three, of which

Prinz Eugen was the only one to be completed. Work on Seydlitz stopped in 1942 whe she was taken to Konigsberg

to begin conversion into an aircraft carrier. Little information survives about what sort of a ship she would have

become as she was scuttled incomplete in April 1945, when the Red Army was close to capturing the port.

The incomplete hull of Lutzow was sold to the USSR in 1940 and towed to Leningrad were it was renamed Petropav-

lovsk, she was again renamed Tallinn in 1942. With only three 203-mm(8-in) guns and some AA guns installed she

was used as a floating battery in the defence of Leningrad, and although damaged by German air attacks she sur-

vived the war. Work on her restarted after the war but was abandoned in 1950. Some say she may have survived

as an accommodation hulk in the Neva river until 1957.

 

 

Pic 1 Blucher at Kiel early 1940

 

 

Pic 2 Heavy Cruisers at Trondhiem June 1940

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here leon

some pics you may have already seen

germany's graf zepplin aircraft carrier during construction

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Excellent photo's Alex. No I had'nt seen these before, here are the few I have of the Graf Zeppelin.

 

Pic 1 On her launch

 

Pic 2 Reconnaissance photo when 70% complete

 

Pic 3 Poster of Graf Zeppelin

Also some more Photo's of Seydliz and Lutzow Heavy Cruisers

 

Pic 4 Reconnaissance Photo 1942 of Seydliz when 80% complete

 

Pic5 Of Seydliz when being stripped out for conversion

 

Pic 6 Of Lutzow on tow to Leningrad 1940

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I never knew it was actually launched , kind of sad it never went into action ,even although they were the bad guys :D

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Yes she was launched on 8th december 1938, but was never completed. she was scuttled at her moorings in 1945

near Stettin. In 1946 she was raised and repaired then towed to Leningrad were she became part of the Russian

Fleet, renamed just Zeppelin she served till the late 50s when she was scrapped.

 

Pic 1&2 the Graf Zeppelin at her launched in 1938.

 

Pic 3&4 when she was part of the Russian Fleet just before she was scrapped.

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leon21 said:
Excellent photo's Alex. No I had'nt seen these before, here are the few I have of the Graf Zeppelin.

 

Pic 1 On her launch

 

Pic 2 Reconnaissance photo when 70% complete

 

Pic 3 Poster of Graf Zeppelin

Also some more Photo's of Seydliz and Lutzow Heavy Cruisers

 

Pic 4 Reconnaissance Photo 1942 of Seydliz when 80% complete

 

Pic5 Of Seydliz when being stripped out for conversion

 

Pic 6 Of Lutzow on tow to Leningrad 1940

love the poster

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Here's a few more pics for you. These are pics of Prinz Eugen's sad end. Having survived the war, she was handed

over to the US Navy, and was expended as a target vessel at Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests in 1946, along with the

Japanese Battleship Nagato, and US Carrier Saratoga as well as others. Despite being heavily damaged Prinz Eugen

survived both "Able"and"Baker" bomb blasts, but was deemed to be to Radioactive to be repaired.

While under tow to be scuttled in deep water, she capsized over Enubuj Reef at Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands

were she still remains. In 1978 her Port Propeller was salvaged and is on display at the German Navel Memorial at

Laboe. Luckily the Americans removed the ships bell before the tests and is also preserved.

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