SMS Pillau


These two cruisers were ordered by the Russian Navy to be built on German shipyards. At the outbreak of the war, they were seized by the Imperial Navy. Originally, they were to be equipped with eight 13cm guns for Russian service, but were instead fitted with eight German 15cm guns. Unlike other contemporary German cruisers, they lacked an armour belt. They entered fleet service in 1914 and 1915.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 1746

Basic damage control capacity: 120%


Displacement: 4390 tons

Length: 135 m

Width: 14 m

Draught: 5 m

Standard crew: 442


Maximum speed (undamaged): 28 knots

Endurance: 7968 km

Coal capacity: 1200 tons

Armour protection

Conning tower armour: 2

Hull armour: 0

Main belt armour: 6 (includes backing slope of deck armour)

Deck armour: 3 (sloped at edges to provide additional belt level protection)

Best armour type: Harvey


8 x 15cm SK L/45 19(S), centrally controlled. Ammo: 1024 rounds

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

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

120 mines

Ships in class

  • Pillau
  • Elbing