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Type 24 torpedo boat
Type 1924 (Raubtier-class) torpedo boats
Class overview
Operators: War Ensign of Germany (1921–1933).svg Reichsmarine
War Ensign of Germany (1938–1945).svg Kriegsmarine
In commission: 1926 - 1944
Completed: 6
Lost: 6
General characteristics [1]
Type: Torpedo boat
Displacement: 932 tons (standard)
1,298 tons (full load)
Length: 92.6 m
Beam: 8.65 m
Draught: 3.52 m
Propulsion: 2 shaft geared steam turbines (from Brown, Boveri & Cie, Vulcan and Schichau), 3 boilers, 25,500 shp
Speed: 35.2 knots (65.2 km/h)
Range: 2,000 nmi (3,700 km) at 17 knots (31 km/h)
Complement: 120 - 129
Armament: 3 × 105 mm L/45 (3x1)
2 × 20 mm Flak L/65 (1×1) (4 or 7 from 1940)
6 × 500 (533 from 1931) mm torpedo tubes (2×3)
30 mines

The German Type 24 torpedo boat was a class of torpedo boat built for the German Navy following World War I. They were a development of the Type 23 torpedo boat.

Six vessels were built in total, and with modifications all six served with the Kriegsmarine during World war II.

The ships were named for predators and were referred to as the Raubtier class.

General charactristics[]

The six ships of Raubtier ("predator") class were laid down in 1926-27 and were commissioned in 1928-29. All six vessels were built at Reichsmarinewerft ("Navy Yard"), Wilhelmshaven. As with the 1923 Type, they used electrical welding for hull construction to reduce displacement and had geared turbines. It had been intended the 1924 Type would mount 12.7 cm guns but, instead, received updated 10.5 cm weapons. Speed and range were improved, but otherwise, they displayed the same good and bad points as the Raubvogels and experienced similar operational conditions and upgrades.

The Type 24's entered service in 1927 and 1928 and all but one had been lost before mid 1942.


Name Launched Completed Fate
Wolf 1927 1928 Mined 8 January 1941 near Dunkirk
Iltis (Polecat) 1927 1928 Sunk by British MTBs during the Action of 13 May 1942 while escorting the auxiliary cruiser Stier
Jaguar 1928 1929 Bombed 14 June 1944
Leopard 1928 1929 Wrecked in collision 30 April 1940
Luchs (Lynx) 1928 1929 Torpedoed by HM Submarine Thames 26 July 1940
Tiger 1928 1929 Wrecked in collision with destroyer Max Schultz 25 September 1939


  1. Conway p237


  • Gardiner, Robert (1980). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships: 1922–1946. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-146-7. 

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