Admiral Hipper

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Admiral Hipper
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Admiral Hipper
AB RB SB
5.7 5.7 5.7
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Purchase:690 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The Admiral Hipper-class, Admiral Hipper, 1942 is a rank V German heavy 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

Armourfront / side / back
Citadel80 / 80 / 30 mm
Main fire tower160 / 70 / 90 mm
Hull25 mm (steel)
Superstructure10 mm (steel)
Number of section10
Displacement18 210 t
Crew1 400 people

Talk about the vehicle's armour. Note the most well-defended and most vulnerable zones, e.g. the ammo magazine. Evaluate the composition of components and assemblies responsible for movement and manoeuvrability. Evaluate the survivability of the primary and secondary armaments separately. Don't forget to mention the size of the crew, which plays an important role in fleet mechanics. Save tips on preserving survivability for the "Usage in battles" section. If necessary, use a graphical template to show the most well-protected or most vulnerable points in the armour.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB70 / 25 km/h
RB60 / 22 km/h

Write about the ship's mobility. Evaluate its power and manoeuvrability, rudder rerouting speed, stopping speed at full tilt, with its maximum forward and reverse speed.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 70 25
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 60 22

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB15 760 → 20 488 Sl icon.png
RB16 000 → 20 800 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications236 900 Rp icon.png
336 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training200 000 Sl icon.png
Experts690 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 700 Ge icon.png
Research Aces720 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
450 / 600 / 100 % Sl icon.png
196 / 196 / 196 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
8 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
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Tool Set
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
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Fire Protection System
Research:
8 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Smokescreen
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Shrapnel Protection
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Ventilation
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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New Pumps
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
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Ammo Wetting
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
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Research:
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Cost:
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260 Ge icon.png
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Research:
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Cost:
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
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203mm_ger_skc34_sprgr_bdz_navy_he_base_fuze_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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250 Ge icon.png
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105mm_germany_skc32_navy_AP_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
8 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Torpedo Mode
Research:
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Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png

Armament

Primary armament

4 х Turret2 x 20.3 cm/60 SK C/34 cannon
Ammunition280 rounds
Vertical guidance-10° / 37°

Provide information about the characteristics of the primary armament. Evaluate their efficacy in battle based on their reload speed, ballistics and the capacity of their shells. Add a link to the main article about the weapon: {{main|Weapon name (calibre)}}. Broadly describe the ammunition available for the primary armament, and provide recommendations on how to use it and which ammunition to choose.

Secondary armament

6 х Turret2 x 10.5 cm SK C/33 AA cannon
Ammunition840 rounds

Some ships are fitted with weapons of various calibres. Secondary armaments are defined as weapons chosen with the control Select secondary weapon. Evaluate the secondary armaments and give advice on how to use them. Describe the ammunition available for the secondary armament. Provide recommendations on how to use them and which ammunition to choose. Remember that any anti-air armament, even heavy calibre weapons, belong in the next section. If there is no secondary armament, remove this section.

Anti-aircraft armament

6 х Turret2 x 3.7 cm SK C/30 mounting
Ammunition4000 rounds
3 х Turret4 x 2 cm/65 Flakvierling 38 automatic cannon
Ammunition8000 rounds
Belt capacity40 rounds
Fire rate480 shots/min
10 х Turret2 cm/65 C/38 automatic cannon
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity40 rounds
Fire rate480 shots/min

An important part of the ship's armament responsible for air defence. Anti-aircraft armament is defined by the weapon chosen with the control Select anti-aircraft weapons. Talk about the ship's anti-air cannons and machine guns, the number of guns and their positions, their effective range, and about their overall effectiveness – including against surface targets. If there are no anti-aircraft armaments, remove this section.

Additional armament

Setup 112 x 533 mm G7a torpedo
Main article: G7a (533 mm)

Describe the available additional armaments of the ship: depth charges, mines, torpedoes. Talk about their positions, available ammunition and launch features such as dead zones of torpedoes. If there is no additional armament, remove this section.

Usage in battles

The Admiral Hipper is an immensely powerful heavy cruiser which shows very few signs of weakness. Like the other German cruisers, it's exceptionally strong, with great anti-torpedo protection and turtleback armour, giving it fantastic waterline armour. This, combined with a huge crew count, means the Hipper needs to take a huge amount of punishment to be sank. The Hipper's main armament - eight 8-inch guns in dual turrets - is also very effective, with a 12 second reload and fantastic armour penetration and muzzle velocity (enough in some cases to penetrate even battleship armour). It also boasts a strong secondary armament, a phenomenal anti-aircraft suite at both close and long range, and good torpedoes. The Hipper should be played as a long range brawler, able to dish it out and take damage from other heavy cruisers, while also combatting enemy aircraft with ease.

The main weakness for the Hipper comes from its status - everyone knows how dangerous it is. Most skilled players will know to target this ship first, and while the armour is good, it isn't enough to save it from other eight-inch guns at close range, or battleship guns at any range. Stay on the move, use cover, and keep an eye out for anything with guns bigger than yours, and you should stay alive. In the meantime, use your accurate guns to punish other cruisers from long range, and even battleships if you can flank them.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Phenomenal firepower from the main battery can punish any cruiser at long range and even battleships that get too close
  • Fantastic AA suite which can decimate aircraft even from long range
  • Great armour protection, especially against torpedoes
  • Huge crew size make it a tough beast to sink, especially for light cruisers
  • Very mobile despite its size, allows it to reposition with ease

Cons:

  • Priority target - most of the enemy team will be gunning for you
  • Battleships and battlecruisers will have no problem getting through your armour
  • Heavy cruisers can still punish you at close range
  • Lined with fuel tanks on both sides, causing very easy fires

History

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

Media

See also

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External links


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