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Erich Raeder, Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine until January 1943
Erich Raeder, Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine until January 1943
Karl Dönitz, Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine from January 1943; briefly German head of state following Hitler's suicide
Karl Dönitz, Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine from January 1943; briefly German head of state following Hitler's suicide
Bismarck firing broadside
Bismarck firing broadside
Concrete U-boat pens at Brest
Concrete U-boat pens at Brest

The list of Kriegsmarine ships includes all ships commissioned into the Kriegsmarine, the navy of Nazi Germany, during its existence from 1935 to the conclusion of World War II in 1945.

See the list of naval ships of Germany for ships in German service throughout the country's history.

This transport-related list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (October 2021)

Capital ships

Pre-dreadnought battleships

Class Displacement
Main battery Ship Image Speed Commis-
Deutschland class 15,000 tons 4 × 15‑in. Hannover
SMS Schlesien BainNews.jpg
18 kn Oct 1907 Scrapped between 1944 and 1946
Bundesarchiv DVM 10 Bild-23-63-47, Linienschiff "Schleswig-Holstein".jpg
19.1 kn Feb 1941 Scuttled, Mar 1945
SMS Schlesien BainNews.jpg
18.5 kn May 1908 Mined off Swinemünde in May 1945

Modern battleships

Class Displacement
Main battery Speed Ship Image Commis-
War loss
Bismarck class Bismarck: 41,700 tons
Tirpitz: 42,900 tons
8 × 15‑in. 30 kn Bismarck
Bundesarchiv Bild 193-04-1-26, Schlachtschiff Bismarck.jpg
Aug 1940 Scuttled,
May 1941
Tirpitz altafjord 2.jpg
Feb 1941 Sunk by air attack,
Nov 1944
Scharnhorst class 32,100 tons 9 × 11‑in. 31 kn Scharnhorst
Bundesarchiv DVM 10 Bild-23-63-12, Schlachtschiff "Scharnhorst".jpg
Jan 1939 Sunk by gunfire,
Dec 1943
Bundesarchiv DVM 10 Bild-23-63-01, Schlachtschiff "Gneisenau".jpg
May 1938 Sunk as a blockship,
Mar 1945


Heavy cruisers

Class Displacement
Main battery Speed Ship Image Commis-
War loss Postwar
Deutschland class 14,290 tons 6 × 11‑in. 28 kn Deutschland;
renamed Lützow
Jan 1940
German cruiser Deutschland in 1935.jpg
Apr 1933 Air attack Baltic Sea,
Apr 1945
Admiral Scheer
Admiral Scheer in Gibraltar.jpg
Nov 1934 Air attack Kiel,
Apr 1945
Admiral Graf Spee
Bundesarchiv DVM 10 Bild-23-63-06, Panzerschiff "Admiral Graf Spee".jpg
Jan 1936 Scuttled Montevideo,
Dec 1939
Admiral Hipper class 18,200 tons 8 × 8‑in. 32 kn Admiral Hipper
Bundesarchiv DVM 10 Bild-23-63-24, Schwerer Kreuzer "Admiral Hipper".jpg
Apr 1939 Scuttled Kiel,
May 1945
Bundesarchiv DVM 10 Bild-23-63-09, Kreuzer "Blücher".jpg
Sep 1939 Sunk Drøbak Sound,
Apr 1940
Prinz Eugen
PE Atomtest 1.jpg
Aug 1940 Prize of US

Light cruisers

Class Displacement
Main battery Speed Ship Image Commis-
War loss Postwar
Emden 6,990 tons 8 × 5.9‑in. 29.5 kn Emden
Light Cruiser Emden in China 1931 crop.jpg
Oct 1925 Scuttled Heikendorf,
May 1945
Königsberg class 7,700 tons 9 × 5.9‑in. 32 kn Königsberg
Königsberg 3.jpg
Apr 1929 Air attack Bergen,
Apr 1940
Kreuzer Karlsruhe 1934.JPG
Nov 1929 Scuttled off Kristiansand,
Apr 1940
German light cruiser Köln underway during late 1930s.jpg
Jan 1930 Air attack Wilhelmshaven,
Mar 1945
Leipzig class 8,900 tons** 9 × 5.9‑in. 32 kn Leipzig
Lot-2275-77 (26867167495).jpg
Oct 1931 Scuttled,
Jun 1946
Bundesarchiv DVM 10 Bild-23-63-69, Leichter Kreuzer "Nürnberg".jpg
Nov 1935 Prize of USSR


Destroyers and torpedo boats

Main article: German World War II destroyers

Named destroyers

Class Displace-
Speed Image Ship War loss Postwar
Type 1934
3,155 tons 8 × 21‑in. 36 kn
Bundesarchiv DVM 10 Bild-23-63-25, Zerstörer "Richard Beitzen".jpg
Z1 Leberecht Maass Sunk, Feb 1940
Z2 Georg Thiele Beached, Apr 1940
Z3 Max Schultz Sunk w all hands, Feb 1940
Z4 Richard Beitzen Scrapped, 1949
Type 1934A
2,270 tons 8 × 21‑in. 36 kn
Paul Jakobi.jpg
Z5 Paul Jakobi Scrapped, 1954
Z6 Theodor Riedel Scrapped, 1958
Z7 Hermann Schoemann Scuttled, May 1942
Z8 Bruno Heinemann Mined, Jan 1942
Z9 Wolfgang Zenker Scuttled, Apr 1940
Z10 Hans Lody Scrapped, 1949
Z11 Bernd von Arnim Scuttled, Apr 1940
Z12 Erich Giese Sunk, Apr 1940
Z13 Erich Koellner Scuttled, Apr 1940
Z14 Friedrich Ihn Scrapped, 1952
Z15 Erich Steinbrinck Scrapped, 1958
Z16 Friedrich Eckoldt Sunk, Dec 1942
Type 1936
3,470 tons 8 × 21‑in. 36 kn
German destroyer Z 21 Wilhelm Heidkamp underway c1939.jpg
Z17 Diether von Roeder Scuttled, Apr 1940
Z18 Hans Lüdemann Scuttled, Apr 1940
Z19 Hermann Künne Scuttled, Apr 1940
Z20 Karl Galster Scrapped, 1958
Z21 Wilhelm Heidkamp Sunk, Apr 1940
Z22 Anton Schmitt Sunk, Apr 1940

Numbered destroyers

Class Displace-
Speed Image Ship War loss Postwar
Type 1936A (Narvik)
2,657 tons 8 × 21‑in. 36 kn
German destroyer Z39 underway off Boston on 12 September 1945.jpg
Z23 Scuttled, Aug 1944
Z24 Air attack, Aug 1944
Z25 Prize of France
Z26 Sunk, Mar 1942
Z27 Sunk, Dec 1943
Z28 Air attack, Mar 1945
Z29 Scuttled, 1946
Z30 Scrapped, 1948
Type 1936A (Mob) 2,657 tons 8 × 21‑in. 36 kn No image available Z31 Prize of France
Z32 Grounded, Jun 1944
Z33 Prize of USSR
Z34 Scuttled, 1946
Z37 Scuttled, Aug 1944
Z38 Prize of UK
Z39 Prize of US
Type 1936B destroyer 3,542 tons 8 × 21‑in. 36 kn No image available Z35 Mined, Dec 1944
Z36 Mined, Dec 1944
Z43 Scuttled, May 1945
Z45 Scrapped, 1946
Type 1936C destroyer 3,625 tons 8 × 21‑in. 37.5 kn No image available Z46 Blown up, 1945
Z47 Blown up, 1945

Torpedo boats

Main article: German torpedo boats of World War II

Auxiliary cruisers

Mine warfare craft



Main article: Sperrbrecher


Main article: M-class minesweeper (Germany)

R Boats

Main article: R boat

Mine hunters

Small craft


Main article: Schnellboot


Training submarines

Coastal submarines

Ocean-going submarines

Minelaying submarines

Supply submarines

Electric boats

Midget submarines

Human torpedoes

Auxiliary ships

Troop ships

Artillery training ships

Torpedo training ships

Radio-controlled targets

Sail training ships

Floating anti-aircraft batteries



Blockade runners/Auxiliary minelayers

Weather ships

Hospital ships

Fleet Tenders

Patrol boats

Main article: Vorpostenboot


Captured foreign warships

A significant number of foreign warships were captured and recommissioned into the Kriegsmarine.

Unfinished ships

Aircraft carriers

Heavy cruisers


Torpedo boats

A multitude of other ships also remained unfinished by the end of the war: escorts, gunboats, landing craft, fleet tenders, AA batteries, training ships, auxiliary ships, patrol boats, minelayers, mine hunters, fast torpedo attack boats (E-Boats) and more.

See also

List of ships of the Second World War


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