German Light Cruiser Königsberg

Right as I was about to move on to pictures of a different ship, Tad uncovered some additional photos of the Königsberg on a German Naval History website.

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 used as postcards in Germany during her lifetime.

Königsberg (German Light Cruiser, 1929-1940)

Königsberg (German Light Cruiser, 1929-1940)

Königsberg (German Light Cruiser, 1929-1940)

Königsberg (German Light Cruiser, 1929-1940)

Königsberg (German Light Cruiser, 1929-1940)

Königsberg (German Light Cruiser, 1929-1940)

[Images courtesy of German Naval History.]

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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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