Battle of North Cape: The Death Ride of the Scharnhorst, 1943

Battle of North Cape: The Death Ride of the Scharnhorst, 1943

by Angus Konstam


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Battle of North Cape: The Death Ride of the Scharnhorst, 1943 by Angus Konstam

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844158560
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 06/25/2009
Pages: 166
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

Background 1

Introduction 1

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

Aftermath 149

The Survivors 149

Conclusion 159

Index 162

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