SMS Elbing

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SMS Elbing
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SMS Elbing
AB RB SB
4.7 4.7 4.7
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Purchase:100 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png

Description

The Pillau-class, SMS Elbing, 1915 is a rank III German light cruiser with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Drone Age".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Citadel80 / 40 / 20 mm
Main fire tower50 / 50 / 0 mm
Hull25 mm (steel)
Superstructure8 mm (steel)
Number of section8
Displacement5 305 t
Crew442 people

SMS Elbing is a well protected ship, having a turtleback armour scheme (40 mm thick, with 80 mm panels at the front and rear), like many other heavier German ships. Additionally, it has coal bunkers, which can provide a bit of extra protection at times. Main batteries are shielded by 50 mm of armour, which will protect them from most, if not all, HE shells that will come their way. Secondary cannons have no protection, but they aren't very useful anyway. The bridge is protected by 75 mm of armour on all sides. It is a well-protected ship for its BR.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB59 / 25 km/h
RB51 / 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 59 25
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 51 22

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 320 → 2 958 Sl icon.png
RB3 150 → 4 016 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications26 700 Rp icon.png
58 100 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training29 000 Sl icon.png
Experts100 000 Sl icon.png
Aces500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces320 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
180 / 340 / 100 % Sl icon.png
142 / 142 / 142 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
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Cost:
5 900 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
1 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
1 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 400 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
2 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 300 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Tool Set
Research:
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Cost:
5 900 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Fire Protection System
Research:
1 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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Smokescreen
Research:
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Cost:
2 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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Shrapnel Protection
Research:
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Cost:
2 400 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Ventilation
Research:
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Cost:
2 400 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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New Pumps
Research:
2 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 300 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Ammo Wetting
Research:
2 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 300 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
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150mm_ger_skl45_naval_sap_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
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150mm_ger_skl45_l_3_7_naval_ap_ammo_pack
Research:
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
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Armament

Primary armament

8 х Turret150 mm/45 SK L/45 cannon
Ammunition150 rounds
Vertical guidance-7° / 20°

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.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
1,000 m 2,500 m 5,000 m 7,500 m 10,000 m 15,000 m
Sprgr. L/4.1 Kz HE 21 21 21 21 21 21
Sprgr. L/4.1 Bdz SAPBC 95 80 61 47 37 28
Psgr. L/3.7 APCBC 238 201 153 117 93 71
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(s)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Sprgr. L/4.1 Kz HE 835 45.3 0 0.1 1,600 79° 80° 81°
Sprgr. L/4.1 Bdz SAPBC 835 45.3 0.01 7 1,050 48° 63° 71°
Psgr. L/3.7 APCBC 835 45.3 0.015 7 990 48° 63° 71°

Secondary armament

4 х Turret52-mm/55 cannon SK L/55
Ammunition500 rounds
Main article: SK L/55 (52 mm)

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.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
100 m 1,000 m 2,000 m 3,000 m 4,000 m 5,000 m
52-mm HE HE 4 4 4 4 4 4
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
52-mm HE HE 850 1.75 0 0.1 87 79° 80° 81°

Additional armament

Setup 12 x 500 mm G6c torpedo
Main article: G6c (500 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

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good torpedo launcher angles (only lacks coverage to the direct front/rear)
  • Good armour protection for its BR

Cons:

  • Minimal amount of secondary armament, ineffective against medium and long-range aircraft and smaller ships
  • Only 2 very slow torpedoes
  • Sluggish

History

SMS Elbing was a light cruiser originally ordered by the Imperial Russian Navy with the name Admiral Nevelskoy. However, after the start of WW1 she was confiscated and launched in 1914 as SMS Elbing, being commissioned into the High Seas Fleet in September 1915.

She only partook in 2 major operations, the first of which being the Bombardment of Yarmouth and Lowestoft, which were of some military importance with the main aim of the raid being to draw out defensive ships to be picked off by the German battlecruiser squadron or full High Seas Fleet if necessary. Elbing herself along with light cruiser Rostock attempted to draw the defensive force of cruisers and destroyers into the waiting guns of the German battlecruisers, but after seeing them, the British ships turned away. Light cruiser HMS Conquest and destroyer HMS Laertes still received heavy damage, as well as an unnamed light cruiser being slightly damaged. The result was inconclusive as the nearby British forces were too small to challenge the German ships and the attackers withdrew before significant forces like the British fast response battlecruiser squadron or Grand Fleet could arrive. Her second and final battle would be as part of the Battle of Jutland in May/June 1916, the only full scale battleship clash during the war and the last naval battle mainly fought by battleships. On 31st May Elbing was part of Scouting Group II - also containing her only sister ship SMS Pillau - where after first sighting the British 1st Light Cruiser Squadron after they opened fire on German torpedo boats, Elbing scored the first hit of the battle against light cruiser HMS Galatea at extreme range. After disengaging and a brief attempt to shoot down a British seaplane, Scouting Group II encountered and engaged HMS Chester, scoring several hits. British battlecruisers intervened, disabling a light cruiser but scoring no hits on Elbing despite a torpedo passing under her without detonating. Elbing was later hit by a single shot from the 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron, knocking out her wireless station, killing 4 and wounding 12. After midnight, the German fleet found the British rear destroyer screen, at which time Elbing was on the port side of the line and opened fire just after dreadnought SMS Westfalen began the engagement. The destroyers launched a torpedo attack, forcing the 3 cruisers to turn starboard, straight towards the German line.

Elbing would not return from the Battle of Jutland, as during the turn to starboard she attempted to slot between battleships Nassau and Posen, but Posen's captain did not realise this until it was too late to avoid a collision. Posen turned hard to starboard, but still collided with Elbing's starboard quarter, holing it below the waterline and flooding the starboard engine first. She took on a list of 18 degrees allowing the water to spread to the port engine room, forcing all engines to be shut down, causing the ship to lose all electrical power. She was immobilised but not in danger of sinking, so after a torpedo boat took off most of her crew, her commander and a few officers rigged an improvised sail to bring her closer to shore. This was short-lived, however, as British destroyers were sighted nearby and the order to scuttle the ship was given. The remaining men set off in the ship's cutter, rescuing a surgeon from HMS Tipperary before being met by a Dutch trawler which took them to Holland.

Over the Battle of Jutland, Elbing expended 230 rounds of 15 cm ammunition and 1 torpedo, with only 4 men killed and 12 wounded.

Media

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See also

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External links


F. Schichau GmbH
Minesweepers 
M-class Type 1943  M-802
Torpedo Boats 
Type 1939  T22 · T31
Light Cruisers 
Pillau-class  SMS Elbing

Germany light cruisers
Pillau-class  SMS Elbing
  Emden*
Königsberg-class  Karlsruhe · Köln
Leipzig-class  Leipzig · Nürnberg
  * = Unique ship