SMS Brummer of the Bremse class


This cruiser design was born soon after the outbreak of the war. Several sets of turbines, which had been ordered for the projected Russian battlecruiser Navarin, were nearing completion when they were seized by the German government. This made it possible to build a special kind of fast hybrid cruiser, a mixture between mine laying ship and small cruiser. With the turbines almost complete, planning and building time could be kept short, so both ships could enter fleet service in 1916. To achieve maximum speed, the boilers were mostly oil fired, whereas most other German cruisers used a mixture of coal and oil firing. With mines as the main armament, the artillery complement was reduced to four 15cm guns to conserve weight, and the armour protection was reduced to about half the usual strength. This made it possible to carry up to 400 mines instead of the usual 120. As the ships were expected to operate in enemy waters, their silhouette was similar to contemporary British light cruisers of the Arethusa class.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 1347

Basic damage control capacity: 84%


Displacement: 4385 tons

Length: 140 m

Width: 13 m

Draught: 5 m

Standard crew: 309


Maximum speed (undamaged): 28 knots

Endurance: 10747 km

Coal capacity: 1600 tons

Armour protection

Conning tower armour: 4

Hull armour: 0.75

Main belt armour: 2.75 (includes backing slope of deck armour)

Deck armour: 0.5 (sloped at edges to provide additional belt level protection)

Best armour type: Harvey


4 x 15cm SK L/45 22(S), centrally controlled. Ammo: 512 rounds

2 x 8,8cm Flak L/45, centrally controlled. Ammo: 400 rounds

2 x 50cm G7 Torpedoes, centrally controlled. Ammo: 4 torpedoes

400 mines

Ships in class

  • Brummer
  • Bremse