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Operation "Cerberus" (11 - 13 February 1942)
The Scharnhorst seen during Operation "Cerberus". During this operation the Scharnhorst was the flagship.
The large ship towards the right of the centre of this photograph is the Scharnhorst. Further aft (to the right of the portrait) of the Scharnhorst, the Gneisenau can be seen. This photograph was taken from the Scharnhorst. Near the center of the portrait the Gneisenau can be seen. In the keel water of the Gneisenau follows the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen (far to the right).
To the far right of these photographs the destroyer Richard Beitzen can be seen. In the wake of the destroyer, the Scharnhorst followed by the Gneisenau. The smaller vessels in the photograph helps protecting the large units.
During Operation "Cerberus" the Scharnhorst hit a mine twice. This photograph (taken from the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen) shows the Scharnhorst laying still in the water after she hit the first mine. After having hit the first mine the Scharnhorst could continue within half an hour and was soon able to re-join the squadron.
Despite hitting two mines during Operation "Cerberus" the Scharnhorst managed to reach Wilhelmshaven 13 February 1942. On this photograph Vice-Admiral Ciliax addresses the crew. Allied reconnaissance photograph of the Deutsche Werke shipyard in Kiel, taken shortly after the Scharnhorst arrived here after the Operation "Cerberus". The Scharnhorst can be seen towards the top of the portrait. To the right the light cruiser Nürnberg as well as a number of smaller units can be seen.

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