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The Fleet Parade (22 August 1938)
22 August 1938 was the day the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen was launched. At this occasion Adolf Hitler visited the future fleet flagship, the Gneisenau. The Führerstandarte can be seen flying at the mainmast indicating that Hitler is aboard. Besides the launch of the Prinz Eugen, a state visit of the Hungarian regent Admiral Nikolaus von Horthy and a Fleet Parade took place. The Gneisenau moored at Kieler Förde 22 August 1938. The Hungarian flag flies at the top of the mainmast to honour the Hungarian regent on state visit. Far to the left Hitler's state yacht Grille can be seen.
The Gneisenau firing a salute to celebrate the launch of the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. The Hungarian national flag can easily be seen on this photograph flying from the mainmast. During the Fleet Parade 22 August 1938, the Gneisenau's company can be seen on parade along the starboard rail and superstructure decks.
Heavy ships of the German navy moored in Kieler Förde photographed 22 August 1938. From left to right are Deutschland, Admiral Scheer, Admiral Graf Spee and Gneisenau. A line up of large German naval units during the Fleet Parade 22 August 1938. The Gneisenau is the ship in front followed by Admiral Graf Spee, Admiral Scheer, Deutschland, Nürnberg, Leipzig and Köln.
A stern view of the Gneisenau during the Fleet Parade 22 August 1938.


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