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Kriegsmarine question...

Post by PanzerKing » 21 Aug 2003 04:17

I know this is a weird question, but what were the largest guns put on a German destroyer?

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Post by fdewaele » 21 Aug 2003 09:34

Z 35 class: 5 x 5" (127mm)/45 cal SK C/34 in 5 single mounts
Reverting to the older but more efficient 5 inch main gun over the unsuccessful and heavy twin 5.9 inch.

Z 31 class: 5 x 5.9" (150mm)/48 cal SK C/36 Krupp-made in 5 single mounts in 1 twin turret forward and 3 single mounts aft

Z 23 class: 5 x 5.9" (150mm)/48 cal SK C/36 in 5 single mounts (design)
4 x 5.9" (150mm)/48 cal SK C/36 in 4 single mounts (Z24)
Z23,25,Z27,Z29,Z30 recieved twin 5.9" turret forward and had three single 5.9" mounts aft

Z 17 class: 5 x 5" (127mm)/45 cal SK C/34 in 5 single mounts

Z 1 class: 5 x 5" (127mm)/45 cal SK C/34 in 5 single mounts

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Post by varjag » 22 Aug 2003 12:31

Is it also true that the SK C/36's were far too heavy for destroyer hulls and not only badly rattled everything when fired but bent plates? The Kriegsmarine might have scored a first with 6" guns on destroyers but then the Germans of the time had a bee in the bonnet about squeezing a quart into a pint bottle.

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Post by fdewaele » 22 Aug 2003 12:43

Although a powerful gun, it had a slow rate of fire for a destroyer weapon and was really not suitable for a small ship. The heavy weight of the shells was a problem as the gun lacked power assist, meaning that the shells had to be manually fed into the breech. As the guns were originally used in single, open mountings, bad weather greatly hampered their operation.

When these destroyers were converted to a twin mount forward, the additional weight caused them to become very "wet" ships. However, these problems were somewhat offset by the fact that the twin mount was fully enclosed and had a high maximum elevation, allowing for limited use against aircraft.

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Post by PanzerKing » 22 Aug 2003 18:39

Thanks for the information!

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