German Light Cruiser Königsberg

I have written about the German light cruisers previously including the Königsberg. The Königsberg was the first of the three ‘K’ class light cruisers built and so they are also referred to as Königsberg class according to naval tradition.

The K class light cruisers suffered from many design problems since they were designed and built in the late 1920’s and had to adhere to the strict limit’s imposed on Germany by the Treaty of Versailles. As the design problems became increasingly apparent, the duties of the ships were limited to compensate and they increasingly failed to serve in the role they were intended to.

The Königsberg served in the Baltic for the majority of the war as a glorified mine layer until being sunk in the Invasion of Norway. Collected below are the photographs of Königsberg on foreign tours to the UK and Poland.

Firing salutes in 1934. She is flying the British Royal Navy’s White Ensign at her forepeak.

Halftone reproduction of a photograph showing her firing salutes in 1934, while flying the British Royal Navy’s White Ensign at her forepeak. The German light cruiser Leipzig is in the center background, and a British “C” class light cruiser is in the upper right.

Off Gdynia, Poland, circa November 1935.

Visiting Gdynia, Poland, circa 1935.
Note the National Socialist eagle decoration on her stern and the German Navy ensign flying from her flagstaff.

Visiting Gdynia, Poland, circa 1935.
Note her forward 15cm triple gun turret, rangefinders, jack and heraldic shield.

Visiting Gdynia, Poland, circa 1935. Note the National Socialist eagle decoration on her stern and the German Navy ensign flying from her flagstaff.

Visiting Gdynia, Poland, circa 1935. Note the offset arrangement of her after 15cm triple gun turrets.

[Images courtesy of the Department of the Navy – Naval Historical Center 1 and 2 and Wikimedia.]

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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