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Wreck of SMS "Scharnhorst" found!

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by Martin Rohmann, Dec 5, 2019.

  1. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    It is an archaeological sensation!

    British researchers have reportedly discovered the sunk in the First World War German cruiser SMS "Scharnhorst" in the South Atlantic ...:

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    And that's nearly the day exactly 105 years after their demise. The wreckage of the German warship had been located and photographed off the Falkland Islands, the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust announced on 5 December 2019.

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    On the first picture below you can see the stern of the ship with the two revolver guns on the port side and on the starboard side ...

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    ... the next picture shows a cannon standing on the aft bridge ...:

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    On December 8, 1914, at the beginning of World War I, the cruiser was sunk by the British Navy, after a by the German fleet chief Admiral Reichsgraf Maximilian von Spee ...

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    ... planned action against the British naval base in the Falklands Islands had failed.

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    All in all, the Schest ship of the "Scharnhorst", SMS "Gneisenau" as well as the small cruisers SMS "Nurnberg" and SMS "Leipzig" were sunk by far superior British naval forces...

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    ... about 2200 soldiers died.

    Even the commander of the German squadron, Admiral Graf Spee and his two sons ...

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    ...died in this battle.
  2. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Martin

    An amazing ship and the condition it's found in considering the time looks incredible

    Thanks for the details on the find and the sad loss of ships company

    Nap
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  3. Blind Pew A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Thanks as always Martin. (y)
  4. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Thanks Martin,
    The first pictures let us see, that they where not so bussy with the CO2 question :)

    Marc
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