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Set - Rarity - Number

War At Sea - Uncommon - 38/64


The Koln was a K class cruiser of the Kriegsmarine. Köln patrolled Spanish waters during the Spanish Civil War. During World War II she participated in Baltic operations and in Gruppe 3 of the invasion of Norway (Operation Weserübung). After the invasion of Norway the ship undertook primarily mining operations and attacks on Allied convoys. In February 1943, after a submarine attack, the heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper and Köln had to be withdrawn from service for extensive repairs. Köln remained out of service from March 1943 to March 1944 when she was recommissioned to train cadets. On December 12, 1944 she was heavily damaged in a bombing raid, the power stations and starboard engine both being destroyed. Köln then sailed for Wilhelmshaven for repairs. She arrived at Wilhelmshaven in February 1945 and suffered through two more bombing raids. Köln was severely damaged in the final night of British bombing of the port on March 3, 1945. The ship sank on even keel. The turrets remained above water and continued to shell the oncoming Allied advance. The Köln was scrapped in 1946.

Koln was an unusual light cruiser, having its aft guns off center to improve stability when firing.


Koln's most interesting feature is, without doubt, her Lead the Attack SA. While this initially seemed appealing, a race for an objective rarely seemed to work, either because of the long range guns of battleships, or because prior to Task Force the Germans had no air cover and Koln became a sitting duck. The introduction of the Bf 109, however, helps defend Kolns from allied dive-bombers.

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