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The Gneisenau shortly after her return to Wilhelmshaven after Operation "Nordmark".

Kriegsmarine battleship KMS Gneisenau during operation Nordmark 01

Prinz Eugen Kriegsmarine. AJFR

8 in heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen in Norwegian waters: date unknown but she was…

Blücher, a Admiral Hipper-class German heavy cruiser in Operation Weserübung on April 9, 1940. Germany's assault on Denmark and Norway during World War II and the opening operation of the Norwegian Campaign.

Blücher, a Admiral Hipper-class German heavy cruiser in Operation Weserübung on April Germany's assault on Denmark and Norway during World War II and the opening operation of the Norwegian Campaign.

Battleship Bismark (r) and Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen. (War Art)

German 8 in cruiser Prinz Eugen (foreground) with 15 in battleship Bismarck during their brief stopover in Norway prior to the ill fated Operation Rhine, 21 May

11 in battleship Gneisenau during her final voyage, Operation Cerberus, the famous 'Channel Dash' back to Germany from the French Atlantic coast in February 1942 made together with sister Scharnhorst and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen.  Mined en route, she was terminally damaged by RAF bombing at the end of the month whilst in dry dock for repair.

Another view of the Gneisenau during Operation "Cerberus".

Bismarck battleship rear

[Photo] A tugboat guiding Bismarck at Brunsbüttel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 15 Sep photo 3 of 7

On her return to Wilhemshaven U-47 passes the battleship Scharnhorst. The “Bull of Scapa Flow” insignia is just visible on the conning tower.

U 47 passing battleship Scharnhorst on return to port after sinking British battleship HMS Royal Oak in Scapa Flow, October The pair went on to have an official affiliation.

German destroyer Z16 Friedrich Eckoldt was a Type 1934A-class destroyer built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine in the late 1930s. (google.image) 8.17

German destroyer Z16 Friedrich Eckoldt was a Type 1934A-class destroyer built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine in the late 1930s. (google.image) 8.17

Battleships Scharnhorst (foreground) and Gneisenau,1939: the latter has already been modified with raked 'Atlantic' bow and funnel cap, whereas Scharnhorst has not.  When this work took place shortly afterwards her main mast was moved further aft than Gneisenau's, making it easy thereafter to tell them apart.

Battleships Scharnhorst (foreground) and the latter has already…

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