Admiral Hipper

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Admiral Hipper (1942)
General characteristics
1400 peopleCrew
18210 tDisplacement
7Number of section
160 / 70 / 90 mmMain fire tower armor
80 / 80 / 30 mmCitadel armor
25 mm (steel)Hull armor
10 mm (steel)Superstructure armor
Primary armament
2 x 20.3 cm/60 SK C/34 cannon4 x Turret
280 roundsAmmunition
-10° / 37°Vertical guidance
Secondary armament
2 x 10.5 cm SK C/33 AA cannon6 x Turret
840 roundsAmmunition
Anti-aircraft armament
2 x 3.7 cm SK C/30 mounting6 x Turret
4000 roundsAmmunition
4 x 2 cm/65 Flakvierling 38 automatic cannon3 x Turret
8000 roundsAmmunition
40 roundsBelt capacity
480 shots/minFire rate
2 cm/65 C/38 automatic cannon10 x Turret
2000 roundsAmmunition
40 roundsBelt capacity
480 shots/minFire rate
Additional armament
12 x 533 mm G7a torpedoSetup 1
220000 Rp icon.pngResearch
610000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png0/6900 / 8970/5600 / 7280Repair
180000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
610000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1500 Ge icon.pngAces
190 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
100 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Admiral Hipper.jpg

The Admiral Hipper (1942) is a rank IV German cruiser with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Survivability and armour

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Primary armament

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Secondary armament

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Anti-aircraft armament

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Torpedo armament

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Main article: G7a (533 mm)

Usage in battles

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Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 20.3 cm L/4.4 (m.Hb) APBC 10.5 cm Sprgr. L/4.4 Zt.Z Anti-Air Armament Targeting
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen 20.3 cm L/4.7 Bdz (m.Hb) SAP 10.5 cm L/4.2 AP Auxiliary Armament Targeting
III Propeller Replacement Shrapnel Protection Ventilation Improved Rangefinder Primary Armament Targeting
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Ammo Wetting Torpedo Mode

Pros and cons

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Following the signing of the Anglo-German Naval Agreement in June 1935, Germany was permitted to build, among other things, heavy cruisers up to a total displacement of 50,000 tons. The previously developed Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser design was chosen for construction, with five ships being initially planned to be built.

The five ordered ships of the Admiral Hipper-class were laid down between July 1935 - August 1937. However, only the first three were actually fully constructed and commissioned into service between 1939 - 1940. The fourth ship - Seydlitz - was scuttled in 1945 still being incomplete (as a conversion into an aircraft carrier), while the fifth ship - Lützow - was also sold incomplete to the USSR in February 1940.

Admiral Hipper, named after an imperial German admiral, was the first ship of the class to see completion, being commissioned into service in April 1939. After passing sea trials, Admiral Hipper was assigned to her first combat mission - Operation Weserübung - the invasion of Denmark and Norway, where it took part in a battle with the British destroyer Glowworm and also participated in the sinking of the trawler Juniper (930 tons) and the military transport Orama (19,000 registered tons). Subsequently, Admiral Hipper steamed out into the Atlantic to intercept allied shipping in December 1940, but without significant success. The first campaign wasn’t particularly successful, but during the second campaign in January and February of 1941, the Admiral Hipper attacked SLS-64, an unprotected convoy - this attack on ship count alone, was the most effective from both world wars.

Admiral Hipper was then transferred to Norway, where it took part in raids against the arctic convoys headed for the Soviet Union. As part of an operational group, it took part in Operation Rösselsprung (Knight's move) which, although not a success, resulted in the almost total destruction of the allied PQ-17 convoy by German submarines and aircraft. In December of 1942, during Operation Regenbogen (Rainbow) a battle took place in the Barents Sea which was unofficially labelled as “New Year’s Battle” or “New Year’s Shame” the ship was damaged and sent back to Germany for repair. The failure of the operation led to a historical decision by Hitler to order the scrapping of all large warships. Admiral Hipper was transferred to the reserves and at the beginning of 1945, arrived in Kiel where it was damaged during allied air strikes in May of the same year. The defenders on the partially disarmed ship showed no enthusiasm for its survival and as a result, the ship burned out and sank to the dock seabed. After the war, the ship was once again raised and taken apart for scrap up to 1952.

- From Devblog


See also

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External links

Germany heavy cruisers
Admiral Hipper-class  Admiral Hipper · Prinz Eugen
Deutschland-class  Admiral Graf Spee