The Kriegsmarine was an excellent tool for its role. Relatively primitive submarines had inflicted massive losses on British merchant shipping in World War One; the U-boats of World War Two were capable of longer patrols and consequently greater damage to the enemy.
The Kriegsmarine also had several powerful cruisers at its disposal. Some, like the Prinz Eugen, were conventional designs, while others were ‘pocket battleships’ mounting heavier guns than a ship of their displacement normally would, such as the Graf Spee. German cruiser forces operated mainly in the Baltic and North Seas after the early months of the war, which saw the famous early cruises of the pocket battleships.
German capital ships were built according to principles tried out in World War One; internal compartmentalisation and damage-control measures made them very difficult to sink, while their efficient power plants ensured a good top speed, essential in a raider. Coupled with excellent fire control – using radar and other means – and big guns to make use of it, these vessels were extremely potent weapons.
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$14.99One of the most renowned classes of ships to be launched, the Bismarck and Tirpitz have become legendary, though the Deutschland and a fourth hull were never completed. The Bismarck sank the Hood in the North Atlantic, causing Winston Churchill to order her sunk at any cost. Learn More
$14.99<p>One of the most renowned classes of ships to be launched, the <em>Bismarck </em>and <em>Tirpitz </em>have become legendary, though the <em>Deutschland </em>and a fourth hull were never completed. The most powerful warship in the Kreigsmarine, the <em>Tirpitz </em>was responsible for tying down many Allied vessels.</p> Learn More
$9.99<p>Despite Germany’s protestations of the defensive role of this vessel, its size and armament made it a superb commerce raider. The <em>Admiral Scheer</em> successfully plied the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, disrupting merchant shipping wherever it went.</p> Learn More