At this time, the exact position for HMS Duke of York is precisely recorded in her navigational log. The third also failed to detonate. For the radar-less Scharnhorst, a ten-gun broadside from the Duke of York announced the arrival of Force Two. Scharnhorst shifted fire to Ardent while Gneisenau engaged Acasta; both ships sank their targets. Forward of the "A" turret the belt was reduced to 150 mm (5.9 in), which tapered down to zero at the bow of the ship. "[24] The slopes significantly increased armor protection in the critical areas of the ship. When Scharnhorst was built, she was faster than any ship of her type. Producer Norman Fenton's interest in locating the Scharnhorst resulted from his successful search in the Arctic for the wreck of the Hull trawler Gaul, during a television investigation into the use of trawlers to spy on the Soviet Union's Northern Fleet. [14] The first design, completed in 1928, called for a 17,500 long tons (19,600 short tons) battlecruiser armed with eight 30.5 cm (12 in) guns in four twin gun turrets,[15] based on the design for the Ersatz Yorck-class battlecruisers that had not been completed during the war. It was extremely strong amidships, but weakened on either end of the citadel. The commander of Scharnhorst broadcast to his crew that 'I shake you all by the hand for the last time'. [37] By 07:15, the German ships had escaped from the slower Renown. Scharnhorst and several destroyers sortied from Norway to attack a convoy; the Germans were instead intercepted by British naval patrols. It is similar to an aircraft simulator, but with a warship's bridge replacing the flight deck. To preserve his speed advantage, Bey released his slower destroyer escorts to make their own way back to Norway. [56], Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen had continued their journey to Norway while Scharnhorst was immobilized. [41] A second convoy was encountered on 22 February; Scharnhorst sank the tanker Lustrous,[40] while Gneisenau accounted for four cargo ships. [60] On 25 November 1943 Scharnhorst carried out a two-hour full-power trial, achieving 29.6 knots (54.8 km/h; 34.1 mph), and it was noted that her draught had increased by over .5 meters (1.6 ft) from her 1940 trials, where she had attained 31.14 knots (57.67 km/h; 35.84 mph). The two ships participated in Operation Weserübung, the German invasion of Norway. Duke of York then closed to 9,100 m (10,000 yd) to hammer away at the ship. [42] Following the engagement, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau headed for Brest in occupied France; they arrived on 22 March. L ike the Royal Navy's ill-fated Hood, the Scharnhorst was technically a battle-cruiser, but is generally called a battleship. [38], The two ships withdrew to Trondheim, though Scharnhorst was limited to a speed of 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)—they arrived in the afternoon of 9 June. She entered service with the Kriegsmarine on January 7, 1939. [30] Scharnhorst was laid down at the Kriegsmarinewerft in Wilhelmshaven, on 16 May 1935. [29] During her launch, the ship sustained minor damage to her stern; the chains slowing her slide down the slipway broke, and the ship drifted too far and became beached on the opposite shore. In the case of triple-screw ships, this would have meant more than twice the horsepower per shaft of the Panzerschiffe, and in the case of a quadruple-screw ship, this would have amounted to more than 40,000 horsepower per shaft. Muzzle velocity for the AP shells was 890 meters per second (2,920 feet per second); the guns were expected to fire 300 rounds before enough wear had been incurred to warrant replacement. The Battleship Scharnhorst was a German battleship of World War II, commissioned on January 7th, 1939. On the night of 9–10 April, British high-level bombers attacked both Gneisenau and Scharnhorst. [19] The new ship would displace 26,000 long tons (29,000 short tons) and be armed with nine 28.3 cm guns in three triple turrets. Only one bomb found its mark, but it failed to explode. [8], The Scharnhorst-class ships were built with a main battery of nine 28.3 cm (11.1 inch) SK C/34 54.5 caliber quick-firing guns in three triple turrets, two forward and one aft. The latter escaped unscathed, but the former was struck four times; 72 men were killed and another 90 were wounded. The following day Scharnhorst arrived in Brest for repairs, which lasted for four months. It was their ship, their pride and joy, and after the Home Fleet had finished with her, she was at the bottom of the Barents Sea.'. [8], The underwater protection system was designed to withstand a direct hit from a 250 kg (550 lb) explosive warhead; British aerial torpedoes had smaller warheads than this, but their ship-launched weapons were more powerful. One of those destroyers was the Royal Norwegian Navy's destroyer Stord. At 13:15, Admiral Bey decided to call off the search and return to port. With the rudder hard over, the ships lost over 50% speed and heeled over more than 10°. The Scharnhorst was the lead ship of one of the most active classes of German capital ships. Both Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were equipped with two sets of Seetakt radar. Scharnhorst presented an imposing silhouette, with three triple turrets, a heavy bridge superstructure, and a single large stack. [76], The ship was then disarmed and all but abandoned in the harbor. The belt armor was composed of Krupp Cemented steel (KC). [i] While moored there on 24 July, Scharnhorst was attacked by 15 Halifax bombers from 2 squadrons;[48] five bombs—two high explosive 227 kg (500 lb) and three semi-AP 454 kg (1,001 lb)—found their mark. [8], Electrical power was supplied to the ships by five electricity plants. Reports of British ships in the area forced the ship to seek refuge in Stavanger for two days, before she resumed the journey to Kiel. At 04:30 on 9 April, the Seetakt radar on Gneisenau picked up a contact, beginning the action off Lofoten; both ships went to battle stations. Almost 60 years later, a Norwegian underwater survey vessel searched the 25 square kilometres of the seabed surrounding that official position. It was decided to use superheated steam propulsion, as the required total output for the desired speed was three times that of the Panzerschiffe. The simulator's computers download a different area for the sinking - an area of the seabed approximately 20 sea-miles north of the position given in Fraser's official Dispatches. On Christmas Day, Doenitz signalled Scharnhorst: 'The enemy is attempting to aggravate the difficulties of our eastern land forces in their heroic struggle by sending an important convoy of provisions and arms to the Russians. The ships' vitals were well armored against any caliber shell fired by battleships at the time at ranges where the shell would have to penetrate both the main belt and the sloping deck. [1][f] Glorious was hit by at least three shells and reduced to a burning hulk, and at 19:00 the carrier capsized and sank. The vessel's multibeam sonar produces an image of two objects, one 170m long, the other 70m long, and positioned at an angle to the first. Both the turrets and pedestal mounts enabled barrel depression to −10°; the turrets allowed elevation to 40° while the pedestals limited it to 35°. Scharnhorst and several destroyers sortied from Norway to attack a convoy, but British naval patrols intercepted the German force. Another significant weakness in the design was the arrangement of the torpedo bulkhead. [27], The underwater side protection had numerous faults. [52][53][54], The ships left Brest late on 11 February, and remained undetected for the majority of the operation. At 19:45, the ship capsized to starboard and sank, with her propellers still spinning. [40], Under the command of Admiral Günther Lütjens, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau broke into the Atlantic in late January 1941 to raid convoys between North America and Great Britain. During the invasion of Norway and Denmark which occurred from April to June 1940, the Scharnhorst sailed alongside the Gneisenau and engaged the Royal Navy’s battlecruiser, HMS Renown. In order to recreate the battle, the Bergen computers were loaded with navigational data from the log of the flagship, along with her documented performance data. Only 36 men were rescued, out of a crew of 1,968. Our hearts have mellowed now, but in wartime those hearts are hardened. [31] Scharnhorst stopped to pick up survivors, but the arrival of the cruiser HMS Newcastle prompted the German ships to withdraw. When they opened fire, Scharnhorst was taken totally by surprise, and a shell from HMS Norfolk destroyed the Scharnhorst's radar. [2], Kriegsmarine battleship class, built 1935–1939. Scharnhorst's and Gneisenau's guns were mounted in three Drh LC/34 turrets.  © [40][43][44], Brest was comfortably within range for air attack from Britain. why so many soldiers survived the trenches, how Pack Up Your Troubles became the viral hit. The 38 cm turret was eventually used in the Bismarck-class battleships. [39] At 17:26, the range had decreased by half, to around 25,000 m (27,000 yd), and both German ships opened fire. [38], Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, with Admiral Hipper and four destroyers, departed again on 4 June. Belfast picked up Scharnhorst on radar at 08:40; forty minutes later lookouts on Sheffield spotted the ship, at a distance of 11,000 m (12,000 yd). Instead, she was sunk as a blockship in Gotenhafen in 1945; the wreck was broken up for scrap in the 1950s. Scharnhorst was listing severely and very low in the water. The sinking of the Scharnhorst was an enormous psychological blow for the German nation, at the height of World War Two. To this end, he authorized two more ships—the D class—to augment the three Deutschland-class Panzerschiffe (armored ships). During the Battle of the North Cape (26 December 1943), the Royal Navy battleship HMS Duke of York and her escorts sank Scharnhorst. The rotating mass of the turret was 750 tons (internal barbette diameter 10.2 m), and traversing speed was 7.2 deg/sec. The risk of further damage from air raids, and the loss of the Bismarck and most of the supply ships had forced a change of thinking by the naval staff on the use of these ships for Atlantic sorties. Near Terschelling, Gneisenau struck a mine that did minor damage to the hull, and the explosive shock damaged one of her three turbines. The British shadowed her, and relayed position reports to Admiral Fraser in Duke of York. When steaming in reverse, the engines were rated for 57,000 PS (56,220 ihp; 41,923 kW). The destroyer HMS Saumarez was hit, and 11 British seamen were killed outright. Both Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were a new type of German battleship. Having detected a large object on the seabed, she is now the sonar platform for a joint expedition by the BBC, Norwegian Television (NRK) and the Royal Norwegian Navy. Last updated 2011-02-17. New battleships, battlecruisers, pocket battleships, and heavy and light cruisers were built during the 1930s. However, is it any more credible than the official position? The ship was immobilized briefly—between 15:49 and 16:01, all three turbines were restarted and the ship resumed a speed of 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph). They were expected to fire 1,100 rounds before barrel wear made repair or replacement necessary. Scharnhorst — German promo premium Tier VII battleship. [17] These ships would displace 19,000 tons and have the same armament and speed as the Panzerschiffe; the extra tonnage would be taken up by increased protection. At maximum elevation, the guns could hit targets out to 40,930 m (44,760 yards). Of the crew of 1,968 officers and men, only 36 survived. When Scharnhorst was sunk, work on her sister was abandoned. Scharnhorst's loss was an enormous psychological blow to the German nation. [21], Because the maximum caliber of naval gun allowed under the Anglo-German Naval Agreement was 40.6 cm (16 inch), Hitler soon had second thoughts about the guns to be used for the new ships and ordered that they be armed with 38 cm (15 inch) weapons. [19] This was also the view of the Kriegsmarine, which saw the 19,000-ton design as being unbalanced. [28], Gneisenau was laid down on 3 May 1935 at the Deutsche Werke in Kiel. 'Grand. One was mounted on the forward gun director, which was located on top of the bridge. The bars were constantly under a great deal of stress, due to normal bending forces in the hull. More about the Battleship Scharnhorst-class battleship. German warships in a Norwegian port, probably Trondheim, in June 1940. The KMS Scharnhorst was the lead ship of the Scharnhorst class of fast battleships. She was launched on 8 December 1936, and completed on 21 May 1938. It was as good as over. The guns in pedestals had a range of 22,000 m (24,060 yd), while those in the turrets, capable of 5 more degrees of elevation, had a slightly longer range, at 23,000 m (25,153 yd). Like most German battleships, Scharnhorst was under-armed for its size. We shall fight to the last shell'. Technically, the Scharnhorst pair not always have been called “fast battleships”. Gneisenau shipped some 3,050 metric tons (3,000 long tons; 3,360 short tons) of water, which caused her to list 2° and settle lower in the water. The total dimensions are consistent with those of the battle cruiser. Admiral Bruce Fraser, aboard the battleship HMS Duke of York, was some 270 miles away, and steaming to cut off Scharnhorst after she was engaged by the three cruisers. Seller 100% positive. [64] The second hit destroyed Scharnhorst's forward Seetakt radar. They were created in response to the expansion of the French naval fleet. Buoyed by a top speed of 31.5 knots, this battleship wreaked havoc on Allied shipping with its nine 11-inch guns. Attempts to sail on 7 and 23 January were aborted after the navy received reports of heavy activity at British air bases in Britain. and a destroyer replied that she has already picked up survivors. Available (Ships in 2-4 business days) This product is in stock at our suppliers, if ordered it Two air attacks followed, but anti-aircraft fire from Scharnhorst and her escorts drove them both back. SMS Scharnhorst was the flagship of German Vice-Admiral Maximilian Graf von Spee's East Asia Squadron. Her conning tower was set back a little from the two forward turrets, near the funnel. Shortly thereafter, Belfast fired star shells to illuminate the target, and Norfolk opened fire with her 20.3 cm (8 in) guns; in the span of 20 minutes, she hit Scharnhorst twice. He was primarily concerned with the possibility of a limited war with France, which would require the protection of German sea lanes. [18], To combat the German Panzerschiffe, the French built two small Dunkerque-class battleships in the early 1930s. Beyond this was a fuel bunker with an 8 mm (0.31 in) thick outer wall; this would absorb any remaining explosive force. Remembering the incident, Rex Chard, Navigating Officer on one of the destroyers, remarked, 'in sea-warfare one is always very sorry for the sailors. [11] Jane's Fighting Ships 1940 lists both the Scharnhorst and Bismarck classes as "Battleships (Schlachtschiffe)"[12] Another adversary, the United States Navy, rated them as battleships. Almost immediately the Scharnhorst is hit by a … By early 1943, repair work was largely completed and the ship was ready to receive the improved bow and 38 cm turrets, but this was not to be. [57], In January 1943, it was decided to deploy Scharnhorst to Norway, along with Prinz Eugen and several destroyers. Scharnhorst was a battleship/battlecruiser that served with Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. At very long ranges, the deck armor could be easily penetrated by heavy-caliber shells. The guns were mounted in four Drh L. C/34 twin turrets and four MPL/35 pedestal mounts. [13] In English language reference works they are sometimes referred to as battleships and sometimes as battlecruisers. The wreck of a German warship torpedoed and sunk by a British submarine in 1940 has been discovered in deep water off the North Sea coast of southern Norway. [24], The forward conning tower had 350 mm-thick sides and a roof that was 200 mm-thick. They were the first class of German ships to be officially classified by the Kriegsmarine as Schlachtschiff (battleship). I shake you all by the hand for the last time. Scharnhorst had suffered repeated problems with defective superheater tubes in her boilers and this needed the repair facilities that existed in the French naval dockyard. Battlecruiser Gneisenau is at left, with Scharnhorst in the left middle distance and heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper in right centre. John Hale was on board the cruiser Jamaica when Scharnhorst sank: 'We were all of the same mind. At 85°, they had an effective ceiling of 6,800 m (22,310 ft), though tracers were limited to 4,800 m (15,750 ft). [18] Hitler agreed to increased armor protection and internal subdivision, but refused to permit an increase in armament. [32], On 7 April 1940, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau formed the primary covering force for the invasions of Narvik and Trondheim in Norway during Operation Weserübung. Equally important to the Allied war effort, the routes of the Murmansk convoys were now much more secure. The hammer was Force Two - the battleship Duke of York, the cruiser Jamaica, and four destroyers, which were approaching from the west. Seller 99.9% positive. [26] The faces of the 15 cm turrets were 140 mm (5.5 in) thick, with 60 mm (2.4 in) thick sides and 50 mm thick roofs. This hit temporarily reduced her speed to 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph), but repairs quickly allowed her to steam at 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph). https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Scharnhorst-class_battleship Paints. Unknown to the German command, the convoy’s British escort, led by Admiral Sir Robert Burnett and Admiral Bruce Fraser, had successfully intercepted the Scharnhorst’s radio communications. [8] Previous German battleships were classified as Linienschiffe (ships of the line),[a] and Panzerschiffe (armored ship). The British ships could only hope to shadow her at ever-increasing distances, rather than pursue her. In-box reviews. [25] All of these sections were composed of Wotan Hart (Wotan Hard) steel. The 10.5 cm gun mounts were equipped with 20 mm (0.79 in) gun shields. This problem was mitigated to some extent by replacement of the straight stem with an "Atlantic bow" to both Gneisenau and Scharnhorst in January and August 1939 respectively; use of the "A" turret remained restricted in heavy seas. But 'Lucky' Scharnhorst still had her greatest weapon - speed. The Luftwaffe intercepted the raid and shot down eight of the aircraft; seven made it through to the ship. They had a rate of fire of 30 rounds per minute.[4]. Well on the way to escaping, she signalled Doenitz: 'Scharnhorst will ever reign supreme'. By Norman Fenton A hit from Duke of York disabled "A" turret, and at 18:00, another hit penetrated the upper portion of the belt and caused significant damage to the engine room. The ships were to be redeployed to Norway, to assist in the disruption of convoys to the Soviet Union, as well as the defense of occupied Norway. The battlecruiser was a symbol of Germany's global reach. The Scharnhorst had disappeared when HMS Belfast attempted to deliver its second torpedo attack. The eight turbo-generators were also of mixed capacity; six ran supplied 460 kW each and the remaining two provided 230 kW each. [77] A Polish salvage firm raised the wreck on 12 September 1951 and subsequently broke the ship up for scrap metal. They carried a number of smaller watercraft, including two picket boats, two launches, two barges, two pinnaces, two cutters, two yawls, and two dinghies. The turrets were named, in alphabetical order from the bow of the ship: "Anton", "Bruno" and "Cäsar". [50][51], In early 1942, the crews of Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen made preparations for Operation Cerberus, a daylight dash up the English Channel. Some 55 torpedoes were launched at Scharnhorst, and 11 are believed to have found their target. L. C/31 twin mounts amidships, and one such mount superfiring over "C" turret, which allowed depression to −8° and elevation to 80°. [58] On 8 March, Scharnhorst and four destroyers departed Gotenhafen; she arrived off Narvik on 14 March. [26] The underwater protection system was constructed out of several layers: the outer layer that was between 12–66 mm (.47–2.6 in) thick, directly underneath the main armored belt, was designed to detonate the torpedo warhead. It was supported by 105 mm (4.1 in) thick slopes on either longitudinal side. In early 1942, the two ships made a daylight dash up the English Channel from occupied France to Germany. In September 2000, in an attempt to answer this question, HU Sverdrup II, an underwater research vessel operated by the Norwegian Defence Research Institute, sailed from Hammerfest in arctic Norway. Neptun T1003B German Battleship Scharnhorst Camouflaged 1943 1/1250 Scale Model. Near-misses rained shell splinters down on Sheffield. [31], On 21 November, Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, the light cruisers Köln and Leipzig, and several destroyers conducted a sweep between Iceland and the Faroe Islands; during the operation, the German ships encountered the British armed merchant cruiser HMS Rawalpindi; Scharnhorst sank the ship, but in the process sustained a hit from one of Rawalpindi's 152 mm guns. [b], Their adversary, the Royal Navy, rated them as battlecruisers[9][10] but after the war reclassified them as battleships. Total power output was 4,120 kW at 220 volts. Seen for the first time in almost 60 years, Scharnhorst's hull lies upside down on the seabed. Admiral Bey, on board the Scharnhorst, had orders from Doenitz to withdraw 'if heavy forces encountered'. The ship emerged from the dockyard in October. Admiral Fraser ordered his destroyers to approach the ship and torpedo her. [31] In the course of their escape Scharnhorst suffered from damage to her A turret caused by the heavy seas coming over her bows. Scharnhorst was a German capital ship, alternatively described as a battleship and battlecruiser, of Nazi Germany 's Kriegsmarine. This is a computer driven warship simulator at the Royal Norwegian Navy's Naval Academy in Bergen. Scharnhorst was now alone and blind, facing a total of 13 Allied warships, as four additional destroyers had now joined the cruisers. Hitler wanted to follow this course so he would not be seen as overtly flouting the Treaty of Versailles. A third try on 10 February terminated when Scharnhorst ran aground while trying to avoid collision with a U-boat. Enigma: The Battle for the Code by Hugh Sebag-Montifiore (2000-01), The Death of the Scharnhorst by John Winton (1983), Scharnhorst and Gneisenau: The Elusive Sisters by Richard Garrett (1978), Very Special Intelligence: The Story of the Admiralty's Operational Intelligence Centre - 1939-45 by Patrick Beesly (1977), The Loss of the 'Scharnhorst' by A J Watts (1970), The Russian Convoys by BB Schofield (1964), Memoirs: Ten Years and Twenty Days by Gross-Admiral Karl Doenitz (1959), The Drama of the 'Scharnhorst': A Factual Account from the German Viewpoint by Corvette-Captain Fitz-Otto Busch (1956), Hitler and His Admirals by Anthony Martienssen (1948). BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. All of this armor was KC steel. [g] On 6 April, four Beaufort torpedo-bombers attacked Gneisenau after she had been moved to a buoy from dry dock. Norway's … The British battlecruiser initially targeted Gneisenau, at a range of 11,800 m (12,900 yd). This page has been archived and is no longer updated. The lack of radar forced Duke of York to cease fire at 18:24, after having hit Scharnhorst at least 13 times. The turrets allowed depression of the guns to −8° and elevation to 40° for "A" and "C" turrets; "B" turret was capable of depressing to −9°. Shadowing the westbound convoy, and forming the anvil for the attack, was Force One - the cruisers, Belfast, Norfolk and Sheffield. [73], Gneisenau was also scheduled to deploy to Norway, but she suffered heavy damage during a bombing raid on the night of 26–27 February 1942. They were supplied with between 1,600–1,800 shells, or 133–150 shells per gun. However, her escape bid was foiled when one of her boiler rooms took a direct hit, slowing her dramatically. Their upper armored deck was 50 mm (2.0 in) thick, and backed by the main armor deck. Scharnhorst radioed that she was 'surrounded by heavy units'. Trumpeter models 5317 1/350 German Admiral Hipper Heavy Cruiser 1 9580208053172. Photographed through a porthole on the battleship Scharnhorst, during the winter of 1939-40. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. The bunker was supported by longitudinal stiffeners and transverse bulkheads. The four diesel generators were divided into pairs: two provided 150 kilowatts each and two supplied 300 kW each. The Seetakt sets operated at 368 megacycles (MHz. "C" Turret remains in Trondheim, Norway at Austrått Fort; the Norwegian government offered without success to return the turret to Germany for display in a museum. German Scharnhorst Battleship Unassembled plastic model kit with photo-etch parts. $20.00 + shipping. In the sea north of Tromsø in Norway, the great German battleship Scharnhorst was on a mission to sink an Allied supply convoy bound for Russia. Repairs were effected over the following six months. They marked the beginning of German naval rearmament after the Treaty of V… That morning of the 26th, Scharnhorst was only an hour from the Murmansk-bound convoy. This deck was 20 mm (0.79 in) thick aft, increased to 50 mm in the central portion of the ship that contained the ammunition magazines and machinery spaces, and decreased down to 20 mm in the bow. "Germany 3.7 cm/L83 (1.5") SK C/30 3.7 cm/L83 (1.5") SK C/30U", "German 2 cm/65 (0.79") C/30 2 cm/65 (0.79") C/38 AA MG", German naval ship classes of World War II, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Scharnhorst-class_battleship&oldid=1007188651, Short description is different from Wikidata, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 3 three-bladed propellers, 4.8 m (15 ft 9 inch) diameter, This page was last edited on 16 February 2021, at 22:09. Titanic 1/200 Clear Hull Bracing. The Royal Navy knew that the Scharnhorst was on her way, because members of the Norwegian Resistance had radioed that she had sailed. They were characterized by a larger size, greater speed and more powerful weapons. [71] She sank at the position .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}72°16′0″N 28°41′0″E / 72.26667°N 28.68333°E / 72.26667; 28.68333. At 16:45 on 8 June, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau spotted the British aircraft carrier HMS Glorious, which was escorted by the destroyers Acasta and Ardent, at a range of around 50,000 m (55,000 yd). The ships' hulls were constructed from longitudinal steel frames, over which the outer hull plates were welded. However, she was unaware that three British cruisers were approaching from the east. Fears that the destroyers escorting Renown might make a torpedo attack prompted the German commander to break off the engagement. However, it could be a geological feature on the seabed. The guns were put into reserve in 1984, but continued to be fired during annual training. The first capital ships of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine, it comprised two vessels: Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. From now till the sinking of Scharnhorst, the simulator will reproduce every movement of HMS Duke of York. FEATURES: 1600+ Parts A total of 55 torpedoes are fired at Scharnhorst, and 11 found their target. $127.36 [8], The German navy considered the ships to be poor sea boats; they were bow-heavy when fully equipped and very "wet" as high as the bridge. After operations in the North Sea that resulted in the sinking of several British transports, Admiral Hipper and the destroyers were detached to refuel in occupied Norway. Scharnhorst struck Glorious at a range of approximately 24,200 m (26,500 yd), one of the longest recorded hits in the history of naval gunfire. The entire bow section remains together as a mass of wreckage and armour, but separated from the main wreck. On its first operation in November 1939, it engaged the British cruiser Rawalpindiin a short skirmish which ended up in the sinking of the Rawalpindi and the death of it’s captain, Edward Coverly Kennedy. Several destroyers closed in and fired torpedoes as well, though in the smoke and haze, it was unknown how many hit the crippled ship. [21] The guns were equipped with three different types of shells, an armor-piercing (AP) L/4,4 shell that weighed 330 kg (727.5 lb) and two high explosive (HE) shells that both weighed 315 kg (694.4 lb)—an L/4,4 type with a base fuse and an L/4,5 version with a nose fuse. Her captain ordered the ship to stop while temporary repairs were conducted, which lasted for about 30 minutes. 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