Hermann Kunne - Z 19


The German destroyer Z-19 Hermann Kunne ended her days in Herjangfjorden outside Narvik 13.April 1940 after she had run out of ammunition after the fierce battles of Narvik. She belonged to the German  Kriegsschiffgruppe 1 which was assigned to secure Narvik under Operation Weserübung, the invasion of Norway in April 1940. After the battles outside Narvik, she sat course to Herjangen and the crew scuttled the destroyer tp prevent it to end up in enemy hands. She was partially salved in situ after the war, and the remains of her rest today on a depth of approx 1 to 38 meter in Trollvika. SFT investigated the wreck in 1999 for oil and stated that the wreck no longer posed an environmental threat.

Former names:
Hermann Kunne
Z 19
123,4 x 11,5 x 4,2 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3409 grt Bremen ( D ) 1937 Danzig ( D )

68° 31' 24" N, 17° 25' 22" E

Picture: Hermann Kunne
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Last updated: March 2018