By Gordon Williamson
During this, the 1st of a 5 quantity sequence overlaying the capital ships of the German army of global battle II, Gordon Williamson examines the layout, improvement and operational use of the battleships utilized by the Kriegsmarine. The ‘Schlesien' and ‘Schleswig-Hostein' have been used ordinarily as education ships until eventually the top of the warfare once they took half in bombardment of Soviet troop routine in East Prussia. The ‘Scharnhorst' had a profitable profession till her sinking on the conflict of the North Cape, and the ‘Gneisenau' along with her ignominious finish as a block-ship. Bismarck's brief yet excellent profession and Tirpitz's lonely vigil in Norway's far-off Fjords till sunk through RAF bombers utilizing the large 'Tallboy' bombs also are lined.
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Extra info for German Battleships 1939-45 (New Vanguard, Volume 71)
For this task they were well suited, with high speed and powerful armament. Even when they did encounter enemy capital ships, as in the case of Bismarck, when on reasonably equal terms, they could more than hold their own. Even the most powerful of battleships, however, were extremely vulnerable to air attack, as the Bismarck episode so clearly illustrated when a single torpedo, which had it hit her almost anywhere else would have had little significant effect, hit her rudder, sending her into a permanent turn which destroyed any chances of her escaping her pursuers.
Apart from severe flooding through the hole in her hull and some 1,500 tonnes of seawater being shipped, the explosion had damaged her keel and many of her decks hade been forced upwards by the explosion. Fire control and radar equipment also suffered significant damage. Despite the fact that only five crewmen were wounded and no fatalities were suffered, Tirpitz was once again out of commission. In view of the circumstances, it was decided not to restore her to battleworthy condition again, but to tow her to a suitable location where she could be used as a floating gun battery.
C: THE SCHARNHORST CLASS – AS BUILT This plate shows the battlecruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst as completed, with straight stem, no funnel caps, and with the secondary aircraft catapult on turret ‘Caesar’. Both ships, as originally completed, were almost identical, the principal difference being in the design of the main seaplane launch catapult and hangar area, as shown in the insets below. 1 Gneisenau/Scharnhorst in their initial pre-war colour scheme of very pale grey. On plan view (2), the teak main decks can be seen.