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WW2 German Navy Warships and Submarines

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 6/26/2014

The German waterforce was made all the more lethal by the U-Boat scourge in the Atlantic, the rise of the "Pocket Battleship" and the mighty KMS Bismarck battleship.

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There are a total of 23 WW2 German Navy Warships and Submarines in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1944
Biber (Beaver)
All of the major naval powers of World War 2 (1939-1945) utilized some sort of submersible "midget" submarine. These midget s...
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1938
Graf Zeppelin (Flugzeugtrager A)
Nazi Germanys first and only carriers were proposed as part of the Z plan for the buildup of the fleet. The Kriegsmarine neve...
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1941
HMS Audacity (D10)
The British navy has always produced ships that were on the leading edge of naval technology - HMS Victory and HMS Dreadnough...
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1936
KMS Admiral Graf Spee
The Admiral Graf Spee was a pre-World War 2 vessel of the Deutschland-class of German warships. She was designed and built du...
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1939
KMS Admiral Hipper
The Admiral Hipper was classified as a "heavy cruiser" type vessel and commissioned in April 1939, this prior to World War 2 ...
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1934
KMS Admiral Scheer
Admiral Scheer was the second of the three Deutschland class heavy cruisers ordered and funded by the Reichsmarine of the Wei...
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1940
KMS Bismarck
The KMS Bismarck is undoubtedly one of the most famous sea-going vessels of the 20th Century. The Germany super battleship wa...
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1933
KMS Deutschland / Lutzow
KMS Deutschland (later becoming the KMS Lutzow) was the lead ship of her class first ordered in 1928 and serving in the Germa...
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1939
KMS Scharnhorst
After World War 1 the British Royal Navy continued to guard its trade routes with a powerful fleet of cruisers. To deal with ...
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1941
KMS Tirpitz
By 1935, Germany - now under the firm control of Adolf Hitler - backed out of the Treaty of Versailles. The treaty was put in...
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1932
Schnellboot (S-Boot)
The history of the German Navy "S- Boot" began with the World War 1 "Treaty of Versailles" written in June of 1919 to prevent...
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1915
SMS Mowe
In the city of Sarajevo in 1914, Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated by Serbian nationalists sp...
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1908
SMS Schleswig-Holstein
The SMS Schleswig-Holstein was a storied vessel of the German Navy that managed to survive all of World War 1 and fight on th...
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1936
Type I U-Boat
Prior to the more advanced classes of German U-boats to see service in World War 2 (1939-1945), the German government funded ...
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1938
Type IX U-Boat
The German Kriegsmarine paid a heavy price for their actions in World War 2, with most of her Type IX class being lost to the...
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1936
Type VII U-Boat
Type VII u-boats made up a large part of the u-boat fighting force in the Atlantic. This class of fighting ship helped the Ge...
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1944
Type XXI U-Boat
The Type XXI series of German U-boats were a revolutionary design of fighting boats brought about in 1944. Their type was des...
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1944
Type XXIII U-Boat
The Kriegsmarine Type XXIII were developed as smallish coastal submarines to operate in the shallow waters between England an...
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1944
Type XXVII Seehund (Seal)
The Seehund (or "Seal") was the most successful of the several Nazi Kriegsmarine attempts to perfect a "midget" submarine. Mi...
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1936
U-boat U-25 (Type IA)
Following World War 1 (1914-1918), the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 developed the Treaty of Versailles to formally restrict...
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1941
U-boat U-505 (Type IXC)
U-505 served the German Kriegsmarine (Navy) during World War 2. She is infamously remembered for one of her captains committi...
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1937
Z17 Diether von Roeder
The 1936 Type Diether von Roeder destroyer was a trim looking ship with a clipper bow and long forecastle fitting a low-profi...
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1937
Z4 Richard Beitzen
The Zerstorer (Destroyer) Type 1934 class was the first group of destroyers built in Germany after the end World War 1. The Z...
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