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Career (Nazi Germany)
Class and type: Training ship
Name: Brummer
Builder: DeSchiMAG, Bremen
Laid down: December 27, 1934
Launched: May 29, 1935
Commissioned: February 8, 1936
Fate: Sunk on April 15, 1940 after being torpedoed by British submarine HMS Sterlet.
General characteristics
Class & type: Brummer
Displacement: 3,010 tonnes (2,960 long tons; 3,320 short tons)
Length: 112.9 m (370 ft 4.88 in)
Beam: 13.5 m (44 ft 3.50 in)
Draft: 4.27 m (14 ft 0.11 in)
Propulsion: geared turbines (Wagner), two shafts, 4 boilers, 10,150 shp (7.57 MW)
Speed: 23.1 knots (42.8 km/h)
Range: 2,400 nautical miles (4,400 km)
Complement: 226 (varying)
Armament: 8 × 10.5 cm (4.13 in) Flak, 2 x 8.8 cm (3.46 in) Flak, 8 x 3.7 cm (1.46 in) Flak, 4 x 2 cm (0.79 in) Flak, 480 EMC mines
Armor: 30mm belt, 25mm deck

Brummer was a training ship of the German Kriegsmarine during World War II .


In the mid-1930s two artillery training ships were built to drill the gunnery personal of the Kriegsmarine. Although Brummer was primarily designed for AA gunnery training, she was also fitted for mine laying, her intended primary duty during wartime.

Brummer was also used as an experimental ship for the high pressure steam turbine systems designed for the German destroyers. The propulsion system of Brummer showed no major design flaws, and the destroyers were fitted with an almost identical system. This design later proved to be unreliable when used in the destroyers.

Early history[]

After being commissioned in 1936 Brummer worked up in the Baltic Sea, and was then attached to the Naval Air Defense and Artillery School (Marineflugabwehr und Küstenartillerieschule) in Swinemünde in the spring of 1937. Between 1937 and 1938 Brummer made two visits to Odde, Göteborg, and Helsingborg.

Wartime career[]

In September 1939, Brummer took part in the invasion of Poland, laying mines off the Polish coast. In January, 1940 she was used as a commerce raider in the Baltic Sea.

In April 1940, Brummer took part in Operation Weserübung, the invasion of Norway; as a command ship of a transport squadron. On April 14 she was torpedoed by the British submarine HMS Sterlet off Jutland, losing the complete bow section. The ship was held afloat for nine hours, finally capsizing in the early morning of the next day.


Coordinates: 58°55′N 9°56′E / 58.917°N 9.933°E / 58.917; 9.933

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