Erich Giese - Z 12


Under the second naval battle for Narvik 13.April 1940, British destroyers attacked the ships in Narvik harbor, and came in contact with the German Kriegsmarine forces. The German destroyer Erich Giese tried to slip out from the harbor, but was spotted and put under a ferocious fire from the British ships. The British force consisted of the destroyers Bedouin, Hardy, Punjabi, Cossack and the battleship Warspite. She scored a torpedo hit on one of the British destroyers, but was herself heavily hit by grenades from HMS Bedouin and HMS Warspite. After more than twenty hits by enemy fire, orders to abandoned ship was given. 83 men of the crew perished in the fight.. The wreck rest today outside the marina at Ankenes on a depth of approx 60 to 70 meter.

Former names:
Erich Giese
Z 12
119,0 x 11,3 x 4,2 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3412 grt Kiel ( D ) 1937 ( D )

68° 25' 51 N, 17° 20' 53 E

Picture: Erich Giese
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Last updated: January 2018