Z22 Anton Schmitt

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Z22 Anton Schmitt
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Z22 Anton Schmitt
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Description

The Type 1936-class, Z22 Anton Schmitt, 1940 was a German Type 1936 destroyer built as last ship of the class. The Z22 was laid down on 3rd January 1938 and commissioned on 24th September 1939. Her main armament was made up of five 12.8 cm/45 SK C/34 guns in single mounts with two on bow and three aft. Anti-aircraft protection was supplied by a pair of twin 3.7 cm SK C/30 cannons abreast the rear funnel. These were complemented by five single-mounted 2 cm/65 C/38 autocannons and a single quadruple 2 cm/65 Flakvierling 38. The Z22 was armed with two quadruple 533 mm torpedo launchers located amidships and G7a torpedoes. On 10th January, Z22 and her sister ships laid a minefield off Newcastle. The minefield only claimed a single fishing trawler. On 6th April 1940, she, together with her sisters, was tasked with landing troops at the port of Narvik and capturing it. Upon arrival on the morning of 9th April, Z22 and her sister Z18 Hans Lüdemann landed troops at the Ramnes narrows to search for coastal artillery positions that the Germans mistakenly thought were present there. Z17 Dietrich von Roeder remained offshore to provide support if necessary and as a picket ship in case of British attack. Around 11:00, the troops were ordered to board the destroyers again and proceed to Narvik. The following night, Z22 was on picket duty and then sailed into Narvik harbour. Shortly after dawn on 10th April, a group of five British H-class destroyers appeared, surprising the Germans. HMS Hunter hit Z22 with a torpedo in the forward engine room. Z22 started to take water and list to side. HMS Havoc fired another torpedo that hit Z22 amidships and broke her in half, killing or wounding 50 men. The remainder of the crew joined the ad-hoc infantry unit made on shore.

The Z22 Anton Schmitt was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X" as part of the fleet closed beta test. The Z22 follows the pattern of other German destroyers with high top speed, quick-reloading guns, and decent torpedo armament. As with other ships of her class, the main disadvantage is the low main calibre ammo count with only 120 rounds per gun. The 3.7 cm guns are also very ineffective in their anti-air duty due to their very low fire rate of 30 rounds per minute. Her unprotected magazines on waterline are vulnerable to fatal explosion when hit. The Z22 on the other hand profits from her torpedo armament allowing to range torpedoes not equipped with torpedo mode on ranges of up to 6 km and then safely retreat utilizing her max speed of 71 km/h.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower8 / 8 / 0 mm
Hull16 mm (steel)
Superstructure8 mm (steel)
Number of section8
Displacement3 415 t
Crew323 people

The Z22 Anton Schmitt does not possess any armour except its 16 mm thick steel hull protecting it from small calibre machine gun fire. The main gun mounts are protected from the front, top, and sides by 8 mm thick anti-fragmentation armour shields protecting them from shrapnel. The beam main gun ammunition storage is relatively safe as it's located on the waterline, while the secondary ammunition storage is well above the waterline, leaving it vulnerable to detonation. The stern main gun ammunition storage can be found above the waterline, directly under turret No.3 and in between No.3 and No.4, sharing a similar issue of vulnerable magazines with ships such as the T22.

All the Z22's machinery is located above the waterline, which exposes it to damage by autocannons and high-calibre machine guns.

The crew complement is large, consisting of 323 sailors.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB86 / 31 km/h
RB71 / 25 km/h

The Z22 is quite an agile ship, but it suffers from poor acceleration past 40 km/h and takes a while to reach max speed.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock 63 23 ~142.93 ~278.04
Upgraded 86 31 ___ ___
RB/SB Stock ___ ___ ___ ___
Upgraded 71 25 ___ ___

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 196 → 1 554 Sl icon.png
RB1 873 → 2 434 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications8 420 Rp icon.png
9 480 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost640 Ge icon.png
Crew training4 500 Sl icon.png
Experts16 000 Sl icon.png
Aces180 Ge icon.png
Research Aces190 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 240 / 100 % Sl icon.png
118 / 118 / 118 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
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Cost:
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80 Ge icon.png
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
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Cost:
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90 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
420 Rp icon.png
Cost:
470 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
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Cost:
770 Sl icon.png
165 Ge icon.png
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Damage Control Division
Research:
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Cost:
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80 Ge icon.png
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Fire Division
Research:
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Cost:
430 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Smokescreen
Research:
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Cost:
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90 Ge icon.png
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Shrapnel Protection
Research:
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Cost:
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100 Ge icon.png
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Ventilation
Research:
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Cost:
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New Pumps
Research:
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Cost:
770 Sl icon.png
165 Ge icon.png
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Ammo Wetting
Research:
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Cost:
770 Sl icon.png
165 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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37 mm Spgr Lh 37
Research:
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Cost:
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Research:
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Cost:
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
430 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
470 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
470 Sl icon.png
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Torpedo Mode
Research:
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Cost:
770 Sl icon.png
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Armament

Primary armament

5 х Turret12.8 cm/45 SK C/34 naval gun
Ammunition120 rounds
Vertical guidance-10° / 30°

The Z22 Anton Schmitt is armed with a five 12.8 cm SK C/34 cannons in single mounts, with two located at beam, and three at stern. All the turrets have ready-use ammo consisting of 10 rounds with a rate of fire of 18 rounds per minute, decreasing to 15 rounds per minute after depleting the ready-use ammo. Three different rounds are available, HE, HE with base fuse and HE-TF against aerial threat. It is advised to use the HE shell with base fuse to cause some serious damage to your opponents by aiming at their weak spots such as magazines above waterline or turrets. The HE-TF shell can be used against incoming aircraft at long ranges as the guns have good elevation.

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/4.4 Kpf.Z HE 24 24 24 24 24 24
Sprgr. L/4.4 Bd.Z HE 59 50 38 30 24 18
Sprgr. L/4.4 Zt.Z HE-TF 24 24 24 24 24 24
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(s)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Sprgr. L/4.4 Kpf.Z HE 830 28 0 0.1 1.91 79° 80° 81°
Sprgr. L/4.4 Bd.Z HE 830 28 0.015 5 1.4 79° 80° 81°
Sprgr. L/4.4 Zt.Z HE-TF 830 28 0 0.1 1.91 79° 80° 81°

Secondary armament

2 х Turret2 x 3.7 cm SK C/30 mounting
Ammunition4000 rounds
Main article: SK C/30 (37 mm)

The secondary armament consists of two 3.7 cm SK C/30 cannons in dual mounts located amidship on a platform near the second funnel. The cannons have a very low rate of fire of only 30 rounds per minute, making them very hard to use. Thanks to their high muzzle velocity and armour-piercing rounds, they can be used instead to engage coastal vessels at longer distances before they get within range of your 20 mm cannons.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Spgr L/4.1 Lh 37 HE 2 2 2 2 2 2
Psgr L'spur Zerl APCBC 87 84 71 58 48 39
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%
Spgr L/4.1 Lh 37 HE 1,000 0.75 0 0.1 27.4 79° 80° 81°
Psgr L'spur Zerl APCBC 1,000 0.82 1.3 15 37.4 48° 63° 71°

Anti-aircraft armament

Turret4 x 2 cm/65 Flakvierling 38 automatic cannon
Ammunition8000 rounds
Belt capacity40 rounds
Fire rate480 shots/min
5 х Turret2 cm/65 C/38 automatic cannon
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity40 rounds
Fire rate480 shots/min

The anti-aircraft protection of the Z22 Anton Schmitt is quite weak when compared to its contemporaries. It consists of a single 2 cm/65 Flakvierling automatic cannon in quadruple mount located amidship between turrets No.3 and No.4 and of five 2 cm/65 C/38 automatic cannons in single mounts with one located directly at the beam in front of turret No.1, two on each side of a hull next to turret No.2 and last two located directly behind the 3.7 cm gun mounts. The cannons, while not numerous, are still a quite strong short range anti-aircraft and anti-shipping defence.

Additional armament

Setup 18 x 533 mm G7a torpedo
Main article: G7a (533 mm)

The Z22 is equipped with two quadruple 533 mm G7a torpedo launchers located amidship between funnels and between the second funnel and turret No.3. The torpedoes used are the standard G7a found on nearly all German bluewater ships. With a base speed of 81 km/h, a range of 6 km and a payload of 358.4 kg TNTeq, these are powerful torpedoes in terms of explosive mass. When upgraded with a torpedo mode, the speed decreases to 56 km/h while boosting the range to 14 km.

Usage in battles

The Z22 Anton Schmitt can be played as a brawler utilizing its superior rate of fire and large crew complement, crippling enemy ships and utilizing its fast torpedoes at close range. It can also be used as a support ship from behind, shelling enemies with constant rain of shells. Zigzagging is advised due to the vulnerable magazines on the stern when utilizing a full broadside. Two out of five main guns can be fire at the enemy when sailing head-on.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • High rate of fire
  • High crew complement
  • Potent torpedoes
  • Good agility

Cons:

  • Vulnerable magazines
  • Poor AA protection
  • Weak main gun shells
  • Low ammo count for main guns

History

Z22 Anton Schmitt was one of the six Type 1936 destroyers built for the Kriegsmarine (German Navy). Ordered from the AG Weser (Deschimag) shipyard in Bremen in 1936, she was laid down on 6 January 1938, launched on 20 September, and commissioned on 24 September 1939.

During the opening stage of the war, between the 10th and 11th January 1940, Z22 along with her sister ships was sent out for a minelaying operation around Newcastle, of which the minefield only claimed one small fishing trawler. On 26 January, Z22 caught fire in her boiling room due to leaking oil, which forced her to be sent back to Germany for repairs until the end of March 1940.

In April 1940, Z22 was assigned to Group 1 of the Norwegian portion of the Operation Weserübung in a German campaign to seize Denmark and Norway. The group was tasked to transport the 139th Mountain Infantry Regiment and the 3rd Mountain Division to attack Narvik. The task group consisted of 10 destroyers set sail on 6 April 1940. On 7 April, the task group was spotted by British reconnaissance planes and were subsequently attacked by air formations, though the raid failed to damage any ships.

The task group arrived off the Ofotfjord close to Narvik on the dawn of 9 April. During this time, Z22 encountered the Norwegian coast guard boat Senja, of which she forced the latter to surrender. At 9:00 the ship disembarked their troops after mistakenly believed that a coastal artillery was guarding the mouth of the fjord and the troop was sent to capture them. Around 11:00 the troop was ordered to reboard and begin the attack on Narvik. However, as the ship was running low on fuel, Z22 was forced to stay behind while the rest of the task group retreated as planned.

On the dawn of 10 April, five destroyers of the British 2nd Destroyer Flotilla made a surprise attack on the Germans at Narvik who did not anticipated their appearance. Z22's engine room was hit by a single 120 mm shell and a torpedo from the HMS Hunter, then the ship was finished off by a torpedo from the HMS Havock that broke her in half. The sinking killed 52 crewmen. The surviving crews then joined together with the 139th regiment as an ad-hoc infantry unit and continued their assault on Narvik.

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Deutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau Aktiengesellschaft
Destroyers 
Type 1936  Z20 Karl Galster · Z22 Anton Schmitt
Type 1936A  Z25 · Marceau** · Z32
Type 1936B  Z43
Type 1936C  Z46 · Z47
Battleships 
Nassau-class  SMS Westfalen*
  *Previously Aktien-Gesellschaft „Weser"
  **Z31 before war reparation to France

Germany destroyers
  Torpedo boats
Type 1924  Jaguar · Leopard · Luchs
Type 1939  T22 · T31
  Destoyers
Type 1934A  Z12 Erich Giese · Z15 Erich Steinbrinck
Type 1936  Z20 Karl Galster · Z22 Anton Schmitt
Type 1936A  Z25 · Z32
Type 1936B  Z43
Type 1936C  Z46 · Z47