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The Kriegsmarine (German, War Navy) was the name of the German Navy from 1935 to 1945, covering most of the period of Nazi rule. It superseded the Kaiserliche Marine of World War I and the interwar Reichsmarine. The Kriegsmarine was one of three official branches of the Wehrmacht, the armed forces of Nazi Germany.

The Kriegsmarine grew rapidly during German naval rearmament in the 1930s (the Treaty of Versailles had limited the size of the German navy previously). The ships of the Kriegsmarine fought during the Spanish Civil War and World War II. The Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine (as for all branches of armed forces during the period of absolute Nazi power) was Adolf Hitler, who exercised his authority through the Oberkommando der Marine.

The Kriegsmarine's most famous ships were the U-boats and the aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin. Wolfpacks were rapidly assembled groups of submarines which attacked Allied convoys. Despite early success in battles like the Battle of the Blockade, the Kriegsmarine later suffered heavy losses through Allied bombing and battles like the Battle of Kristiansand, and the U-Boat force was rendered ineffective by Allied convoy escorts. At the end of the war, the Kriegsmarine's remaining ships were divided among the Allies.

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  • Graf Zeppelin class aircraft carrier (1) - 1940
  • Scharnhorst-class battleship (2) - 1939
  • Bismarck-class battleship (2) - 1940
  • Emden-class light cruiser (1) - 1925
    • KMS Emden - sunk at the Battle of Kristiansand
  • Albatross-class Light Cruiser (1) - 1926
    • KMS Albatross
  • Königsberg-class light cruiser (3) - 1929
    • KMS Königsberg - sunk at the Battle of Kristiansand
    • KMS Karlsruhe - sunk at the Battle of Kristiansand
    • KMS Köln
  • Nautilus-class Light Cruiser (3) – 1930
    • KMS Nautilus
    • KMS Gazelle
    • KMS Niobe
  • Leipzig-class light cruiser (2) - 1931
  • Deutschland-class heavy cruiser (3) - 1933
  • Solingen-class light cruiser (6) - 1937
    • KMS Solingen
    • KMS Reutlingen
    • KMS Stuttgart
    • KMS Ludwigshafen
    • KMS Hildesheim
    • KMS Erlangen
  • Kormoran-class heavy cruiser (2) - 1937
    • KMS Kormoran
    • KMS Atlantis
  • Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser (5) - 1939
  • Augsburg-class Light Cruiser (2) – 1941
    • KMS Augsburg
    • KMS Heidenheim
  • Type 1934 Destroyer (4) - 1937
    • KMS Z1 Leberecht Maass
    • KMS Z2 Georg Thiele
    • KMS Z3 Max Schultz
    • KMS Z4 Richard Beitzen
  • Type 1934A Destroyer (12) - 1937
    • KMS Z5 Paul Jakobi
    • KMS Z6 Theodor Riedel
    • KMS Z7 Hermann Schoemann
    • KMS Z8 Bruno Heinemann
    • KMS Z9 Wolfgang Zenker
    • KMS Z10 Hans Lody
    • KMS Z11 Bernd von Arnim
    • KMS Z12 Erich Giese
    • KMS Z13 Erich Koellner
    • KMS Z14 Friedrich Ihn
    • KMS Z15 Erich Steinbrinck
    • KMS Z16 Friedrich Eckoldt
  • Type 1936 Destroyer (6) - 1938
    • KMS Z17 Diether von Roeder
    • KMS Z18 Hans Lüdemann
    • KMS Z19 Hermann Künne
    • KMS Z20 Karl Galster - sunk at the Battle of the Western Channel Mouth
    • KMS Z21 Wilhelm Heidkamp
    • KMS Z22 Anton Schmitt - sunk at the Battle of the Western Channel Mouth
  • Type 1936A Destroyer (18) – 1937
    • KMS Z23
    • KMS Z24
    • KMS Z25
    • KMS Z26
    • KMS Z27
    • KMS Z28
    • KMS Z29
    • KMS Z30
    • KMS Z31
    • KMS Z32
    • KMS Z33
    • KMS Z34
    • KMS Z35
    • KMS Z36
    • KMS Z37
    • KMS Z38
    • KMS Z39
    • KMS Z40
  • Type 1936B Destroyer (8) – 1938
    • KMS Z41
    • KMS Z42
    • KMS Z43
    • KMS Z44
    • KMS Z45
    • KMS Z46
    • KMS Z47
    • KMS Z48
  • Type 1936C Destroyer (6) – 1939
    • KMS Z49
    • KMS Z50
    • KMS Z51
    • KMS Z52
    • KMS Z53
    • KMS Z54
  • Type 1938A Destroyer (10) – 1940
    • KMS Z55
    • KMS Z56
    • KMS Z57
    • KMS Z58
    • KMS Z59
    • KMS Z60
    • KMS Z61
    • KMS Z62
    • KMS Z63
    • KMS Z64
  • Type 1938Ac Destroyer (14) – 1941
    • KMS Z65
    • KMS Z66
    • KMS Z67
    • KMS Z68
    • KMS Z69
    • KMS Z70
    • KMS Z71
    • KMS Z72
    • KMS Z73
    • KMS Z74
    • KMS Z75
    • KMS Z76
    • KMS Z77
    • KMS Z78
  • Type 1938B Destroyer (12) – 1942
    • KMS Z79
    • KMS Z80
    • KMS Z81
    • KMS Z82
    • KMS Z83
    • KMS Z84
    • KMS Z85
    • KMS Z86
    • KMS Z87
    • KMS Z88
    • KMS Z89
    • KMS Z90
  • Type 1942 Destroyer (2) – 1944
    • KMS Z91
    • KMS Z92
  • Type 1944 Destroyer (6) – 1945
    • KMS Z93
    • KMS Z94
    • KMS Z95
    • KMS Z96
    • KMS Z97
    • KMS Z98
  • Type 1945 Destroyer (16) – 1945
    • KMS Z99
    • KMS Z100
    • KMS Z101
    • KMZ Z102
    • KMS Z103
    • KMS Z104
    • KMS Z105
    • KMS Z106
    • KMS Z107
    • KMS Z108
    • KMS Z109
    • KMS Z110
    • KMS Z111
    • KMS Z112
    • KMS Z113
    • KMS Z114
  • Raubvogel class torpedo boat (6)
    • KMS Möwe
    • KMS Falke
    • KMS Greif
    • KMS Kondor
    • KMS Albatros
    • KMS Seeadler
  • Raubtier class torpedo boat (6)
    • KMS Wolf
    • KMS Iltis
    • KMS Jaguar
    • KMS Leopard
    • KMS Luchs
    • KMS Tiger
  • Type 35 torpedo boat (12) - 1939
    • KMS T-01
    • KMS T-02
    • KMS T-03
    • KMS T-04
    • KMS T-05
    • KMS T-06
    • KMS T-07
    • KMS T-08
    • KMS T-09
    • KMS T-10
    • KMS T-11
    • KMS T-12
  • Type 37 torpedo boat (9)
    • KMS T-13
    • KMS T-14
    • KMS T-15
    • KMS T-16
    • KMS T-17
    • KMS T-18
    • KMS T-19
    • KMS T-20
    • KMS T-21
  • Elbing-class torpedo boat (15) - 1942
    • KMS T-22
    • KMS T-22
    • KMS T-23
    • KMS T-24
    • KMS T-25
    • KMS T-26
    • KMS T-27
    • KMS T-28
    • KMS T-29
    • KMS T-30
    • KMS T-31
    • KMS T-32
    • KMS T-33
    • KMS T-34
    • KMS T-35
    • KMS T-36