Allied Warships


Orzel class

2 ships

The submarine ORP Orzel of the Polish Navy. She was lost on 8 Jun 1940.

Technical information

Displacement1100 / 1473 BRT 
Complement60 men 
Armament12 21.7" torpedo tubes (4 bow, 4 stern and 4 amidships)
20 torpedoes carried
1 105mm gun
2 40mm AA (1x2) 
Max speed20 / 9 knots (surfaced/submerged)
EnginesDiesels / Electric 
Power4740 / 1100  (surfaced/submerged)
Notes on classThese 2 boats (4 had been planned but funds could not be raised for them) were built in the Netherlands. They were very similar to the Dutch O 19 class that was being built at the same time.

The first boat, Orzel, was paid for by public subscription in Poland while the Navy paid for the second boat from its annual budget.

These boats are often called minelayers in other sources but that is not true. 

Polish Navy ships of the Orzel class

To see all Orzel class ships click here.

ORP Orzel (85 A) Lost on 8 Jun 1940

2 Submarines of the Orzel class. 1 of them was lost.

See all Polish Navy Submarine classes.

Books dealing with this subject include:

Stand by to Surface, Baxter, Richard, 1944

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