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Leipzig
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Leipzig
AB RB SB
5.3 5.3 5.3
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Description

The Leipzig (1944) is a rank IV German light cruiser with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Citadel70 / 50 / 20 mm
Main fire tower30 / 20 / 20 mm
Hull25 mm (steel)
Superstructure8 mm (steel)
Number of section8
Displacement8 515 t
Crew884 people

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Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB69 / 25 km/h
RB59 / 22 km/h

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Mobility Characteristics
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Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 69 25
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 59 22

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB6 880 → 8 923 Sl icon.png
RB8 970 → 11 634 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications55 900 Rp icon.png
108 600 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training65 000 Sl icon.png
Experts230 000 Sl icon.png
Aces820 Ge icon.png
Research Aces440 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
290 / 450 / 100 % Sl icon.png
160 / 160 / 160 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
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Rudder Replacement
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Propeller Replacement
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Engine Maintenance
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Tool Set
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Fire Protection System
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Smokescreen
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Shrapnel Protection
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Ventilation
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New Pumps
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Ammo Wetting
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
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88 mm HE (distant fuse)
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Improved Rangefinder
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Armament

Primary armament

3 х Turret3 x 15 cm/60 SK C/25 cannon
Ammunition360 rounds
Vertical guidance-10° / 40°

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Secondary armament

3 х Turret2 x 8.8 cm/76 SK C/32 anti-air cannon
Ammunition800 rounds

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Anti-aircraft armament

4 х Turret2 x 3.7 cm SK C/30 mounting
Ammunition4000 rounds
7 х Turret2 cm/65 C/30 automatic cannon
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity20 rounds
Fire rate276 shots/min
2 х Turret4 x 2 cm/65 Flakvierling 38 automatic cannon
Ammunition8000 rounds
Belt capacity40 rounds
Fire rate480 shots/min

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Usage in battles

The Leipzig is a dangerous ship in the right hands, possessing good firepower and good protection. Replacing the meagre broadside of the Emden is the nine gun broadside of the Leipzig, in three triple-gunned turrets, giving this ship a huge increase in firepower and accuracy. An unusual aspect of the ship is the layout of the guns, with two of the three turrets being at the stern of the ship. While this does make the Leipzig very effective during a hostile retreat, it means you have to show broadside to bring a majority of your guns on target. The guns themselves are good, with a good first-stage fire rate and good shell velocity. Once the first stage is depleted, the reload slows to 10 seconds, which is poor for light cruiser guns, so make your shots count. The Leipzig also retains good AA protection, especially at close range.

The strongest aspect to the Leipzig is its "turtleback" armour scheme, which gives it fantastic belt armour and 200 kg of torpedo protection. This makes the Leipzig a menace for long range snipers, as well as being able to bear a lot of damage at close range. This, combined with its guns fantastic close-range damage potential, make this ship a fantastic brawler. Watch out for your lack of torpedoes, and try not to always show broadside. If needs be, point the rear of your ship at the target.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Accurate broadside can be devastating at all ranges
  • Fantastic armour protection, especially against torpedoes
  • Adequate AA protection at close range
  • Much faster than the Emden that precedes it

Cons:

  • No torpedoes limits its effectiveness at close quarters
  • Awkward gun placement forces you to show broadside
  • Long-range AA is pretty weak
  • Secondary guns do little damage even to destroyers, let alone cruisers

History

Leipzig was the lead ship of the two Leipzig-class cruisers, built as a follow-up to the Könisberg-class.[1] The ship carried a main armament of nine 15 cm SK C/25 guns, as well as two torpedo tubes and a variety of anti-aircraft defences. She was launched in 1929, and saw plenty of service including a visit to the UK and non-intervention patrols near spain. She was tasked with escort duties at the start of the Second World War, but was badly damaged by a Royal Navy submarine in 1941. She was repaired, and subsequently converted to a training ship. In 1944, she collided with the Prinz Eugen; the damage was so severe that she was never completely repaired. Used as a barracks ship following the end of the war, she was scuttled in 1946.

Design and construction

The Leipzig, being a further development of the Könisberg-class of light cruisers, inherited many characteristics of its predecessors. The ship was 177 metres long and displaced 8,380 tons full.[1] Powered by twin steam turbines, she could reach a maximum speed of 32 knots, and had an endurance of 10,550 km.[1] Main armament consisted of nine 15 cm SK C/25 naval guns in three triple turrets; one was located forward of the superstructure while the others were located in a superfiring arrangement in the rear.[1] The ship also initially carried four triple torpedo launchers, though all of them were removed during WWII. The ship's anti-aircraft armament was sparse, and wasn't refitted to the same extent as her sister ship Nürnberg.[1]

The Leipzig was laid down in 1928 at Kiel, and was launched in October of 1929. The ship was formally commissioned into the Kriegsmarine in late 1931.[1]

Operational History

German Cruiser Leipzig in 1936.

After her commissioning, Leipzig participated in training exercises in the Baltic, and in 1934, sailed with Königsberg on the first goodwill visit to the UK since the First World War. She later participated in training exercises in the Atlantic (with Nürnberg and Köln), as well as non-intervention patrols off the coast of Spain.[2] Prior to the start of the Second World War, she participated in additional training cruises in the Baltic and joined the Gneisenau and Deutschland for exercises in the Atlantic.[2]

Following the outbreak of war, the Leipzig was one of the ships tasked with blocking the Polish navy from escaping; they were unsuccessful, and several destroyers and submarines managed to escape. Later on, she participated in mine-laying duties, and escorted the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau to the Baltic. On December 13th 1939, the Leipzig was torpedoed by HMS Salmon as she escorted a flotilla of destroyers through the Skagerrak. The torpedo did severe damage to the ship's central section and flooded it with 1,700 tons of water.[1] Her sister ship Nürnberg was also torpedoed. As a result, two destroyers were tasked with escorting the damaged cruisers back to port; on their trip home, one of the destroyers was torpedoed as well. The RAF also organized an air attack against the Leipzig and Nürnberg; however, the twenty Vickers Wellington bombers failed to do significant damage, and seven were shot down.

The Leipzig was decommissioned while under repair at Kiel and reclassified as a training ship.[2] In the years of 1942 and 1943, she mainly served training roles, though she also escorted several capital ships on various excursions. She became the flagship of the training fleet in 1942. In October of 1944, Leipzig had a serious collision with the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen.[1] The collision almost cut Leipzig in half, did serious damage to the ship's engine compartment, and killed 39 crewmen. She was so badly damaged that no full repairs were ever made, due to the ever-worsening economic situation in Nazi Germany. The ship only received enough repairs to keep her afloat.

In 1945, Leipzig provided fire support to German forces defending against the advancing Soviets. During this time, she was repeatedly attacked by sea and by air. She also moved refugees, but was limited to a speed of just 6 knots (11 km/h) due to the damage sustained during the Prinz Eugen collision. Following the end of hostilities, she was used by the newly-formed German Mine Sweeping Administration as a barracks ship; eventually, in 1946, she was towed out to sea with a load of unused WWII-era gas shells and scuttled.[2]

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See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Chen, C. (2009)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Bacter, S. (n.d.)

Works Cited

  • Chen, C. (2009, November). Light Cruiser Leipzig. Retrieved November 16, 2020, from https://ww2db.com/ship_spec.php?ship_id=512
  • Bacter, S. (n.d.). Leipzig. Retrieved November 16, 2020, from http://steelnavy.com/PM58Leipzig.htm


Germany light cruisers
Emden*  Emden
Königsberg-class  Köln
Leipzig-class  Leipzig · Nürnberg
  *  = Unique ship