Kriegsmarine

Kriegsmarine

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.

Cast in resin with metal 'details,' these models are 3D-designed to be extremely accurate 1/1800 scale representations of the fighting ships of World War II yet extremely easy for modeller's to work with. Supplied unpainted with integrated bases featuring realistic wakes, this range is being continually added to and will grow to become one of the most comprehensive available for the discerning model collector and gamer.

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  1. Graf Spee

    Graf Spee '39

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    <p>Captained by Hans Langsdorff, the <em>Graf Spee</em> was a successful commerce raider until a series of fateful decisions saw it engage British cruisers off the River Plate, an action that led to its crew scuttling the ship.</p> Learn More
  2. Bismarck

    Bismarck '40

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    One 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
  3. Tirpitz

    Tirpitz '41

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    <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
  4. Admiral Hipper

    Admiral Hipper '39

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    <p>With a main armament of 8 inch guns, the <em>Admiral Hipper </em>was fast, deadly and reasonably well-armoured.</p> Learn More
  5. Admiral Scheer

    Admiral Scheer '40

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    <p>Despite Germany&rsquo;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
  6. Type VII

    Type VII U-Boats

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    The Type-VII spawned several variations and was to become the workhorse of the German U-boat fleet. Learn More
  7. Type IX

    Type IX U-Boats

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    A long-ranged submersible, this was the most successful U-boat of the war, with each vessel averaging over 100,000 tons of shipping sunk. Learn More
  8. Type XXI

    Type XXI U-Boats

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    Incredibly advanced for its time, it has been said that this is the vessel that might have won the war for Germany, had it appeared two years earlier. Learn More
  9. Schelswig Holstein

    Schelswig Holstein '45

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    Schelswig Holstein enjoyed the dubious privilege of firing the opening shots of World War II. Learn More
  10. Blucher

    Blucher '40

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    Equipped with eight 8 in. guns and an engine capable of pushing the ship to 32 knots, Blucher was designed as a pure commerce raider. Learn More

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