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Class overview
Operators: [2]
Built: 1928-1934
In commission: 1931-1959
Completed: 2
General characteristics
Displacement: Leipzig: 8,380 tonsNürnberg: 9,040 tons
Length: Leipzig: 177 m (580 ft 9 in)Nürnberg: 181.3 m (594 ft 10 in)
Beam: 16.3 m (53 ft 6 in)
Draught: Leipzig: 5.65 m (18 ft 6 in)Nürnberg: 5.74 m (18 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: Steam turbines and Diesel

3 shafts (Diesel on center shaft) 66,000 shp (45 MW) turbines + 12,400 hp (9.3 MW) diesel

Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)
Range: 5,700 nautical miles (10,600 km) at 19 knots (35 km/h)
Complement: Leipzig: 850Nürnberg: 683-896

3 × triple 15 cm C/25 guns 6 × 88 mm (3.5 in) 8 × 37 mm (1.5 in) 8 × 20 mm (0.79 in) 12 × 533 mm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes 120 mines

Aircraft carried: 2 × Arado 196 floatplanes

The Leipzig class was a class of light cruisers of the German Kriegsmarine, consisting of two ships named after German cities, Leipzig and Nürnberg.


The Leipzig class, an improved K class cruiser, was the last class of light cruisers built by Germany. Contrary to the practice used in the K class, the Leipzig class designers opted to mount the gun turrets on the center-line again.

The second ship of the class, Nürnberg, was slightly modified and different from the original design. The Nürnberg, which became the Russian Admiral Makarov, continued to soldier on for years to come (NHC).

After the war the Leipzig, in fairly bad condition, served as an accommodation hulk for the German Mine Sweeping Administration.

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