Bruno Heinemann Z-8


The German destroyer Bruno Heinemann Z-8, sank outside the Belgium city of Oostende after having struck two mines 25.January 1942. She disappeared in the deep within a few minutes, and 325 men of the crew perished. Bruno Heinemann did service in  the Baltic Sea under the invasion of Poland in 1939, and later in Operation Weserübung in April 1940, the invasion of Norway. She also took part in operations under the German invasion of Sovjet Union in 1941, and was later transferred to 5.Zerstörerflottille in Brest. En route she hit two mines and sank. The wreck rest in two parts and are rather broken down. She is located northwest of De Panne resting on her starboard side on a depth of 30 to 35 meter.

Former names:
Bruno Heinemann Z-8

119,0 x 11,3 x 4,2 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3110 grt Bremen ( D ) 1936 Brest ( F )

Picture Bruno Heinemann
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"The destroyer was named after Bruno Heineman, the first officer on the German battleship König who died defending the flag during the mutiny fleet at Scapa Flow in 1918. Bruno Heinemann was part of the 6st destroyer division at the outbreak of the war, operating in the Baltic Sea near Danzig and later transferred to the North Sea after the Polish campaign. The ship took part in two mining operations in British coastal waters. During Operation Weserübung, invasion of Norway, Z8 Bruno Heinemann was part of the Kriegsschiffgruppe 2 heading for Trondheim. After the German attack on the Soviet Union, the 6th destroyer division transferred to Arctic, stationed in Kirkenes until October 1941. After repairs in Germany, she was sent to France as part of the 5th destroyer division to take part in Operation Cerberus in February of 1942. In transit to France, she was sunk by a mine 25.01.1942 west of Ostend"