The German light cruiser Karlsruhe was the second in line of the Köningsberg class cruisers built for the Reichmarine in 1927. She was used as a training vessel in the 1930s, and participated in "Non-intervention" patrols to Spain under the civil war in the late 1930s. At the invasion of Norway, Operation Weserübung in April 1940 she transported German troops to Kristiansand. Outside Odderøya she got into a duel with Odderøya Fort that lasted for several hours. Later that day she managed to land the German troops and left the city together with three escort ships. Outside Kristiansand the British submarine HMS Truant waited. In the evening 9.April 1940 she hit the enemy cruiser with two torpedoes, and two hours later Karlsruhe went down in the deep. The wreck was officially identified in 2020 on a depth of 490 meters.

Former names:

174,0 x 15,2 x 6,28 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
8350 displ Kiel ( D ) 1927 Kiel ( D )

N 58 04 E 08 04
( Source: Forum Skagerak )

Picture: Karlsruhe
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