Scharnhorst and Gneisenau

Author(s): Daniel Knowles

ISBN: 9781781558874
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An authoritative and informative look at the careers of Nazi Germany’s most successful battleships.
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  • An insight into the strategic thinking behind and deployment of the Kriegsmarine’s capital ships

  • The dramatic story of the most infamous engagements of the war including the Channel Dash and the last duel between British and German battleships at the Battle of North Cape

  • Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs

  • A must-have for military and historians, enthusiasts, modellers, gamers and those interested in the complexities of naval warfare during the Second World War

Six Fairey Swordfish armed with torpedoes encounter heavy anti-aircraft fire and are shot down, but not before two torpedoes have been launched at a German battleship sailing at high speed.

The Swordfish were not from HMS Victorious or Ark Royal and the attack is not occurring in the Atlantic, but in the English Channel.

It is February 1942, and the Swordfish attack is part of a wider British effort aimed at stopping the battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau from making their way to Germany though a dash up the English Channel.

After the Bismarck, the Scharnhorst is probably the most famous capital ship to have seen service with the Kriegsmarine. Nevertheless, she and her sister ship Gneisenau have been largely overshadowed by the Bismarck and Tirpitz, even though they played a more proactive role in the Second World War and were Germany’s most successful battleships.

Scharnhorst and Gneisenau provides an authoritative and informative study at the first capital ships built for the Kriegsmarine, from their conception through the first successful years to their respective losses.


BOOK ISBN 9781781558874
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 356  pages
PUBLICATION DATE 16 November 2022
TERRITORY World
ILLUSTRATIONS 181 mono and 64 colour photographs

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Born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1995, Daniel Knowles has been interested in history from a young age. The main focus of his historical interest is the Second World War. In July 2016, he graduated with an Honours degree in History and Politics from the University of Northumbria. His university dissertation was written on the changing perceptions to the wartime role played by RAF Bomber Command.

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