Based on a naval agreement from the 1920s, the  limitations on new navy ships is set to a maximum of 10000 tons. However, Germany conclude they need bigger and better ships than France and England, since they will not be able to compete in the sheer number of ships. Therefore they cheat with the official tonnage and size on many of  their new ship projects, and the heavy cruiser Blücher was no exception. During the invasion of Norway, Operation Weserübung, she sailed together with the cruisers Emden and Lutzow and several other support ships in Kampfgruppe V. The group was tasked with securing Oslo and capture the Norwegian government and the king. The plan was interrupted by the fortress Oscarsborg who opened fire and sunk Blücher. The battle group also sunk the vessel Sørland, and several houses were hit in the small city of Drøbak during the fight. It is estimated that between 600-900 German soldiers went down with her in the cold water. The historical sources vary quite a lot on this detail. Several items are later raised from the wreck and one of the sea planes, an Arado AR 196 can be seen today at Flyhistorisk Museum Sola. One of her anchors has also been raised and can be seen at Aker Brygge in Oslo. The wreck rest today upside-down on a depth of approximately 65 to 95 meter southeast of Askholmene.

Former names:
205,9 x 21,3 x 5,8 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
13900 grt
Kiel ( D ) 1937 Kiel ( D )

59° 42' 2" N, 10° 35' 49" E

Picture: Blücher
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Norwegian political poster & Kriegsmarine poster in the 1930s
Last updated: January 2021