Anton Schmitt - Z 22


The German  destroyer Anton Schmitt was like nine other destroyers from the German Kriegsmarine put out of action or sunk April 1940 under the invasion of Norway, operation Weserübung. She and the other destroyers were put together as Kriegsschiffgruppe 1 under the operation assigned with the task of securering the city of Narvik and the iron ore traffic from Sweden. In the German 3. Zerstörer flottille were Z 17 Diether von Roeder acting as flag ship,  Z 18 Hans Lüdemann, Z 20 Karl Galster and Anton Schmitt. 10.April she laid at anchor in Narvik harbor when the British destroyers steamed in the fjord and attacked the ships in the harbor, and soon after she was hit by two torpedoes. She was left alone until after the war, when it was decided to clean up the harbor. The wreck of Anton Schmitt was raised and then dumped outside Narvik airport on a depth of approx 20 meter.

Former names:
Anton Schmitt
123,4 x 11,8 x 4,5 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3415 grt Bremen ( D ) 1938  Bremen ( D )

68° 26' 4" N, 17° 22' 40" E

Picture: Anton Schmitt
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