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Leichter Kreuzer 1931 - 1946  Leipzig  Class

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08.10.1931:   Commissioned, followed by tests and trials in the North and Baltic Sea.
Spring - Summer 1932:   Artillery and engine tests in the Baltic Sea.
Autumn 1932:   Fleet operations, used for training in the torpedo trial commando.
21.02 - March 1933:   Battle training in the North Atlantic.
1934:   Fleet operation, visits to Portsmouth. Training in the North Atlantic, Irish Sea, Hebrides and North Sea.
1935:   Fleet operations.
-February 1936:   Together with CL Köln tests and trials of the new radar equipment.
15.04 - 08.05.1936:   Together with CL Köln and Nürnberg battle and radar training in the North Atlantic.
20.08 - 10.10.1936:   First Spain operation.
Oct 1936 - Jan 1937:   Repairs and refits.
09.03 - 19.05.1937:   Second Spain operation.
01.06 - 29.06.1937:   Third Spain operation, followed by fleet operations in coastal waters.
1938:   Several combined training operations with other Kriegsmarine ships: Battle and refueling with destroyer Georg Thiele , Navigation with CL Karlsruhe , towing with CL  Nürnberg .
17.12.1938-15.03.1939:   Repairs and refits.
24.08 - 02.09.1939:   Patrols in the Baltic Sea.
07.11.1939:   Collision with training ship Bremse .
12-13.12.1939:   A squadron of the B.d.A (=Befehlshaber der Aufklärungskräfte, Reconnaissance Forces) consisting of the CLs Nürnberg , Leipzig and Köln covers a mining mission of 5 DDs. After joined by the DDs, the British submarine Salomon torpedoes both, Nürnberg and Leipzig . The damaged CLs escaped while the DDs hunted the submarine for 5 hours.
15.12.1939:   On its return to the German coast, the British submarine Ursula attacks the damaged Leipzig, but the torpedoes hit and sink the escort ship F9 .
Dec 1939 - Nov 1940:   Repairs in dock. The ship never got fully operational again and was only used for training purposes. The destroyed boiler rooms are converted into cadet quarters.
February 1940:   Withdrawn from service.
01.12.1940:   Recommissioned.
September 1941:   Part of the Baltic Fleet at Ösel and Dagö.
27.09.1941:   Together with the CL Emden , the Leipzig sinks the Soviet MTB 83 in the Lyu Beight off Sworbe.
Nov 1941 - Sep 1943:   Part of the Training Section of the fleet.
01.08.1943-05.09.1943:   Returned to service with reduced crew.
15.10.1944:   During the evening, the Leipzig left Gotenhafen (Gdynia) during poor visible condition for taking a load of mines in Swinemünde. Outside of Hela the cruiser stopped to change engines, from diesel (central shaft) to turbines (two outer shafts). Since the power plants were quite complicated this maneuver took about 15 minutes. At 8:04 pm the cruiser was rammed by the CA Prinz Eugen , returning to Gotenhafen (Gdynia) at 20 knots. The ships were jammed for 14 hours until it was possible to separate them. The heavy damaged Leipzig was in danger to break up and was towed back to Gotenhafen (Gdynia) for temporary repairs.
March 1945:   The Leipzig fires her guns in the land battle for Gotenhafen (Gdynia).
25-29.03.1945:   Moved to Apenrade.
16.12.1946:   After the war the ship was taken to Wilhelmshaven, loaded with gas shells and sunk in the North Sea.

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