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German Armed Forces Research 1918-1945

WW2 German Scharnhorst

  • Layed down in May,1935 at Wilhelmshaven Naval Dockyard, launched in October, 1936 and completed in January, 1939.

  • July-September 1939 conversion at Wilhelmshaven Naval Dockyard.

  • September 4th, 1939, unsuccessfully attacked by British bombers while lying in Brunsbuttel.

  • November 21st-27th, 1940 the Scharnhorst sortied as far as south of Iceland and sunk the British auxiliary cruiser Rawalpindi.

  • Febuary 18th-19th, 1940 unsuccessful sortie as far as the Shetlands-Norway narrows.