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German Battlecruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst in Brest - Related Files

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RAF Bombing Raid at Brest on 18 December 1941

RAF Bombing Raid at Brest on 18 December 1941

On the morning of 18th December 1941,six aircraft and crews from 35 Squadron took part in a daylight raid against the German Battleships, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in Brest Harbour along with five aircraft from 10 Squadron and six from 76 Squadron.
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The BC Gneisenau in drydock at Deutsche Werke in Kiel

The BC Gneisenau in drydock at Deutsche Werke in Kiel

While under repair the Gneisenau received a direct hit on the foredeck during an air attack on the night of 26 - 27 February 1942. Despite it was standard procedure, her stocks of ammunition were not discharged. This was a fatal error as the hit she received started a chain reaction which devastated the ship and killed 112 crewmembers. This was the end of the career of the Gneisenau.
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BC Gneisenau in Kiel

BC Gneisenau in Kiel

Another air photograph of the Deutsche Werke in Kiel. The Gneisenau can be seen badly damaged to the left of the photograph.

Additional file: http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile9987/BB-Scharnhorst,-Kiel.htm
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Battlecruiser Gneisenau in Gdynia

Battlecruiser Gneisenau in Gdynia

An air attacks on February 26-27 February 1942, on the floating dock where she was being repaired for mine damage, she became the target of massive RAF attacks by 178 bombers and was struck on the bow. Contrary to normal practice, and since repairs were planned to be completed within two weeks, ammunition had not been unloaded and the resultant fires set off an explosion that destroyed the enti...
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BB Scharnhorst shortly after Operation Cerberus

BB Scharnhorst shortly after Operation Cerberus

Allied reconnaissance photograph of the Deutsche Werke shipyard in Kiel, taken shortly after the Scharnhorst arrived here after the Operation "Cerberus". The Scharnhorst can be seen towards the top of the portrait. To the right the light cruiser Nürnberg as well as a number of smaller units can be seen.
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Battlecruiser Gneisenau in drydock Gdynia

Battlecruiser Gneisenau in drydock Gdynia

The Gneisenau was transfered to the Gotenhafen (Gdynia) branch of Deutsche Werke in April 1942. On the photograph she can be seen in the floating dock in Gotenhafen (Gdynia). Here her stem was cut off and used as scrap metal.
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Brest bomb strike, 5 April 1943

Brest bomb strike, 5 April 1943

12 Venturas attacked a tanker at Brest. The ship was not hit but nearby dock installations were. 3 Venturas were lost.
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BB Scharnhorst, Kiel

BB Scharnhorst, Kiel

Aerial reconnaissance photograph, probably taken by the British Royal Air Force circa February-June 1942. The arrow in upper right center marks the position of the battleship Scharnhorst, which was then under repair at the Kiel navy yard for damage received during the February 1942 "Channel Dash".
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Border Poland - Belarus, close to Brest

Border Poland - Belarus, close to Brest

Here's a nice view covering the border inspection zone between Poland and Belarus. Just north-east is the Belarus city of Brest (unfortunately outside the hi-res. area).
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WWII U-Boat Bunker, Brest, France

WWII U-Boat Bunker, Brest, France

The building of the U-boat bunker started in January 1941 and in September 1941 the first boat, U-372, used the first ready pen. The U-boat bunker at Brest was 333 metres wide, 192 metres long and roughly 17 metres high. The area covered was a record 52,000 square metres. The bunker was actually two structures, the first consisting of 13 pens, A to E and 1 to 8, the second of pens 9 and 10. The...
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Naval Coast Battery M.K.B. 4.-507 Oerlandet

Naval Coast Battery M.K.B. 4.-507 Oerlandet

Equipped with a triple-barrelled gun turret from battleship “Gneisenau”, 3 * 28 cm SKC/34, range 38 000 m, ready in july 43.
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Bombs away near Brest, France

Bombs away near Brest, France

Strike photo from the 486th BG (H).
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