Hans Ludemann - Z 18


The German destroyer Z-18 Hans Ludemann sank outside Narvik 13.April 1940 after she had run out of ammunition and had to be scuttled by her own crew. She belonged to the German Kriegsschiffgruppe 1 which was tasked with securing Narvik and the iron ore transport from Sweden Under the second naval engagement outside Narvik 13.April, she tried to attack the British battleship HMS Warspite with torpedoes together with two other German destroyers, but was forced back by heavy fire. With her gun turrets disabled  she sat course to the Rombakfjord where she was beached to let her crew abandon ship. The demolition charges set to destroy her failed, but later the British destroyer HMS Hero inspected the abandoned destroyer, and then torpedoed her. The remains of her rest today outside Narvik on a depth of approx 12 to 15 meter.

Former names:
Hans Ludemann

123,4 x 11,8 x 4,5 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3415 grt Bremen ( D ) 1936 Bremen ( D )

68° 24' 53" N, 17° 53' 36" E

Picture: Hans Ludemann
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Originally from skovheim.org