SMS Stralsund of the Magdeburg class


These four cruisers were the first to be equipped with belt armour for better protection. They also received more boilers, which required a fourth funnel, and were fitted with a cruiser bow instead of a bow ram to improve their seagoing capabilities. All of them entered service in 1912, and at the beginning of the war, they were among the most modern German cruiser designs. Still fitted with twelve 10,5cm guns at the beginning of the war, they were switched to seven of the more powerful and further reaching 15cm guns when it became apparent that the heavier 6” armament of the Royal Navy cruisers gave them a significant advantage. The best known ship of this class is SMS Breslau, which serves with Rear Admiral Souchons Mittelmeerdivision in the Black Sea, flying the Ottoman flag. An added feature was a long aft deck fitted to carry up to 120 mines, which every following class of small cruiser would retain.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 2022

Basic damage control capacity: 98%


Displacement: 4570 tons

Length: 136 m

Width: 13 m

Draught: 5 m

Standard crew: 354


Maximum speed (undamaged): 27 knots

Endurance: 10784 km

Coal capacity: 1306 tons

Armour protection

Conning tower armour: 4

Hull armour: 0.75

Main belt armour: 2.4

Deck armour: 1.5

Best armour type: Harvey


7 x 15cm SK L/45 22(S), centrally controlled. Ammo: 896 rounds

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

2 x 50cm G7 Torpedoes, centrally controlled. Ammo: 6 torpedoes

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

120 mines

Ships in class

  • Magdeburg (†, blown up in the Baltic Sea in August 1914)
  • Breslau (unavailable, away in the Black Sea)
  • Stralsund
  • Straßburg