K.M. Prinz Eugen Technical Details, Sources, and Image Accreditation
The third member of the Hipper Class, Prinz Eugen diverges from the standard data of her sisters due to modifications to the design brought about as a result of lessons learned from the earlier vessels.
- 697 feet long, 72 feet abeam, 24 foot draught, ~18,000 tons full load
- 136,000 hp engine capacity, max speed of nearly 34 knots
- 7200 nautical mile range at 20 knots
- Eight 8"(203mm) naval guns (primary), twelve 105mm secondary guns
- Around 35 37mm and 40mm anti-aircraft guns, 28 20mm machine guns
- Twelve standard 533mm torpedo tubes, three Arado seaplanes
- Armor belts ranging from 30mm to 80mm along the deck and main armor belts, and up to 16 cm of armor around the turrets and conning tower - standard armor for a heavy cruiser of the time
- Crew of around 1600
All in all, the Prinz Eugen was about a quarter better powered than her sisters and slightly faster, and mounted a heavily reinforced anti-aircraft armament.
Janes Fighting Ships of World War II, 1946 Janes Publishing Company, 1994 reprint edition
Barrie Pitt, The Battle of the Atlantic, 1977 Time Life Books
Heinz Kolb, Prinz Eugen 1/100 Model
Jose M. Rico The Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen
Images courtesy of (respectively), Deutsches Bundesarchiv (German Federal Archive) through Wiki Commons, the United States Navy, Heinz Kolb via John Rasmussen, and Wiki Commons via F. Lang.