US Plan of the Gneisenau

US Plan of the Gneisenau
This plan from a US Recognition magazine of 1944 shows the battleship Gneisenau, with the plan blacked out because the Germans decided to modify her after she was badly damaged in a RAF bombing raid on the night of 26-27 February 1942. The Germans decided to replace her nine 28cm guns with six 38cms. Early in 1943 Hitler ordered all work on her cancelled, and by 1944 she was largely unarmed, with her 28cm and 15cm guns removed for use in coastal gun batteries.
Battleships of the Scharnhorst Class, Gerhard Koop and Klaus-Peter Schmolke. Looks at the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, the first interwar German battleships to ignore most naval treaty restrictions, and the most active of the German battleships of the Second World War. An excellent history of these two ships that pulls no punches about the flaws in their designs. [read full review]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (30 December 2018), US Plan of the Gneisenau , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_plan_gneisenau.html

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