Karlsruhe class light cruisers

The two Karlsruhe class light cruisers were longer, heavier version of the previous Magdeburg class, carrying the same armour and armament, but with an increase in loaded weight of 600 tons. They were built under the 1910 naval programmer and were the last German cruisers to enter service before the outbreak of the First World War

SMS Karlsruhe became one of the most successful of Germany’s commerce raiders during a short career in the Caribbean. She was destroyed by an internal explosion on 4 November 1914, but this news did not reach the Allies for some time, and much effort was wasted attempting to find her during 1915.

SMS Rostock served with the High Seas Fleet. She was badly damaged at the battle of Jutland, and had to be sunk by German torpedo-boats. Most of the crew escaped although 14 were killed and 6 wounded.  

Displacement (loaded)

6,191t

Top Speed

Design 27kts
Karlsruhe28.5kts
Rostock29.3kts

Armour – deck

1.5in-2.25in

 - belt

2.25in-0.75in

 - conning tower

4in

 - gunshields

2in

 - collision bulkhead

1.5in

Length

466ft 6in

Armaments as built

Twelve 4.1in guns
Two 19.7in submerged torpedo tubes
120 mines

Crew complement

373

Launched

1912

Completed

1914

Ships in class

SMS Karlsruhe
SMS Rostock

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (27 September 2007), Karlsruhe class light cruisers, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_karlsruhe_class_cruisers.html

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