|The Gneisenau in drydock at Deutsche Werke in Kiel. While under repair the Gneisenau received a direct hit on the foredeck during an air attack on the night of 26 - 27 February 1942. Despite it was standard procedure, her stocks of ammunition were not discharged. This was a fatal error as the hit she received started a chain reaction which devastated the ship and killed 112 crewmembers. This was the end of the career of the Gneisenau.|
|Another air photograph of the Deutsche Werke in Kiel. The Gneisenau can be seen badly damaged to the left of the photograph.|
|A close view of the heavily damaged Gneisenau in the drydock at the Deutsche Werke in Kiel.|
|The extensive destruction caused by the direct bomb hit can be seen on these photographs.|
|This photograph shows the burned out "A" turret of the Gneisenau. All members of the "A" turret crew were killed by the explosion, which took place after the ship received a direct bomb hit.|
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