On 25 December 1943 the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst slipped out Altenfjord in Norway to attack Artic convoy JW55B which was carrying vital war supplies to the Soviet Union. But British naval intelligence knew of the Scharnhorst's mission before she sailed and the vulnerable convoy was protected by a large Royal Naval force including the battleship Duke of York. In effect the Scharnhorst was sailing into a trap.
One of the most compelling naval dramas of the Second World War had begun. Angus Konstam's gripping account tells the story of this crucial and under-studied naval battle, and explains why the hopes of the German Kriegsmarine went down with their last great ship.
|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
With over 50 history books in print, Angus is a widely recognised and much-published historian. While he specialises in military and naval history he has also written numerous more general history books, designed to make the subject more accessible to a wider audience. Uniquely he has been able to draw on his expertise as a senior museum curator who has worked on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as on his academic training as a historian and as a maritime archaeologist.
His latest book is a full-length biography: Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate, which is published by Wiley & Sons. of New York (June 2006)
Angus is also just finished writing a history of the Allied landings at Salerno in September 1943 for the British publisher Pen & Sword, and he is currently working on a new project, with the working title of Supership: The Quest for the Renaissance Battleship.
Angus lives in Edinburgh, in Scotland.
Table of Contents
Maps and Illustrations vi
The Rivals 6
Order of Battle 11
Ship Specifications 14
Campaign Chronicle 22
Day 1 Monday, 20 December 1943 22
Day 2 Tuesday, 21 December 1943 28
Day 3 Wednesday, 22 December 1943 33
Day 4 Thursday, 23 December 1943 39
Day 5 Christmas Eve - Friday, 24 December 1943 45
Day 6 Christmas Day - Saturday 25 December 1943 54
Day 7 Sunday 26 December 1643 64
The Middle and Morning Watches (00:00-07:59 hours) 64
The Forenoon Watch (08:00-11:59 hours) 73
The Afternoon Watch (12:00-15:59 hours) 92
The Dog Watches (16:00-19:59 hours) 112
The Survivors 149
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