Graudenz Class Light Cruisers

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sms graudenz Graudenz Class.  Distinguishable from the previous similar designs by the reversion to three funnels of earlier classes.  Otherwise the class was another continuation of the same basic design.

SMS Graudenz
Built Kiel Navy Yard, laid down 1912, completed August 1914, cost 8,800,000 Marks.

SMS Regensburg
Built Weser, Bremen, laid down November 1912, completed January 1915, cost  8,800,000 Marks.

Size:
Length 139 m waterline 142.2 m overall, beam 13.7 m, draught 5.79 m, displacement 4,900 tonnes  load 6,191 tonnes full load.

Propulsion:
2 shaft Navy turbines, 26,000 shp, 27.5 knots

Armour:
2.5-0.5in belt, 2.5-1in decks

Armament:
12 x 105mm (4.1in) SKL/ 45cal (8 x 1), 2 x 500 (19.7in) TT

Comments:
Another incremental design in the line of German light cruisers.  Crew 385.

World War 1 Service:
Graudenz

IV Scouting Group and torpedo boat leader.
II Scouting Group.
24 January 1915 took part in the Battle at the Dogger Bank.
April 1916 Damaged by mine.
Ceded to Italy after the war and scrapped in 1938.

Regensburg
Command ship for torpedo boats.
II Scouting Group.
31 May-1 June 1916 Took part in the Battle of Jutland.
Ceded to France after the war and scuttled in 1944.

SMS Graudenz.  Both ships were re-armed during the war with 7 x 150 mm (5.9in) and 2 x 88mm anti-aircraft guns as well as the ability to carry 120 mines.  Regensburg was also fitted with two additional deck mounted torpedo tubes. sms graudenz

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