Magdeburg class cruisers

Germany (1912)

Magdeburg, Breslau, Strassburg, Stralsund

A brand new step in cruiser design

The Magdeburg class marked a new milestone in the design of German cruisers. Significantly larger than the Kolberg (5600 tons against 4900 PC), they focused also on a range of significant improvements (see later). These four ships (Magdeburg, Breslau, Strassburg, Stralsund) were completed in August-December 1912 and had a quite significant and active carrer.

SMS Magdeburg

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They were the first to have a belt nickel current of 80% of the waterline, welded to the hull itself, as part of its structure. Hull prop up one using a technique of longitudinal frames, and hydrodynamic features had it been reworked extensively, as evidenced by the clipper bow.

Abandoning the quarterdeck was the other a necessity to give these ships a capacity to lay mines.
These ships had different turbines, and admitted speeds between 27.5 and 28.2 knots. 1915-16, the Strassburg et Stralsund were rearmed with 7 parts of 150 mm 2 88 AA and two additional TLT on deck. Breslau ft rearmed with two pieces of 150 mm in 1916 and 8 in 1917.

Diagram of the Breslau.

In service

The SMS Magdeburg was on a minelaying raid in the Baltic, August 26, 1914 when she ran aground on a reef of the island Odensholm and was then pounded into submission by a Russian cruiser. The latter made its crew prisoner and retrieved the secret code book of the Hochseeflotte which was transmitted to the British intelligence service. Breslau was the sailor of Goeben, the other half of Mediterranean squadron of Rear-Admiral Souchon. It took refuge in Constantinople, and was officially acquired by the Turkish navy, renamed later Midilli. It sank 20 January 1918 because of mines off Imbros. The SMS Strassburg survived the war and was transferred to the Italians, becoming the Taranto. The SMS Stralsund experienced a similar fate and was offered to France, renamed Mulhouse and paid off and sold for scrap in 1935 in Brest.

SMS Breslau

Kaiserliches Marine

Breslau, Kleiner Kreuzer Stapellauf: 16.5.1911
SMS Breslau


Magdeburg class on wikipedia
The Breslau on wikipedia
Specs Conway’s all the world fighting ships 1921-1947.

Nassau class specifications

Dimensions138,6 x 13,4 x 5,1 m
Displacement 4570t – 5587t FL
Propulsion2 screws, 2 AEG-Vulcan turbines, 16 standard wt boilers, 25,000-29,000 hp
Speed27,5 – 28,2 knots top speed
Range 5,820 nmi (10,780 km; 6,700 mi) @ 12 knots
Armament12 x 105 (singles), 2 TT 500 mm Sub, 120 mines
Armor Belt: 60 mm (2.4 in), Conning tower: 100 mm (3.9 in)


Illustration of the Magdeburg in 1914

Kleiner Kreuzer Breslau Stapell.: 16.5.1911
Kleiner Kreuzer Midilli (Breslau) under Turkish Flag, notice Topcapi palace behind.

Breslau crossing Kiel canal.

SMS Stralsund model.

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