German Ships Involved

Battleships

Scharnhorst

Scharnhorst (Scharnhorst Class)
General Details
Nationality German
Type Battleship
Builder Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhemshaven
Laid down 14 February 1934
Building abandoned 5 July 1934
Second keel-laying 15 June 1935
Launched 3 October 1936
Commissioned 7 January 1939
Fate Sunk in action with a superior British force 26 December 1943 in the Polar Sea off Norway.
Displacement
Design 35,540 tons
Maximum 38,100 tons
Dimensions
Lenght (waterline) 226 m (741.5')
Lenght (Overall) 230 m (753.9')
235 m (770.7') (after installation of clipper bows 1939)
Beam 30 m (98.5')
Draft 7.47 m (24.5')
Armament
Main Battery 9 x 283 mm (11.1")/54.5 cal SK LC/28 Krupp-Made in 3 Dreh C/34 triple turrets.
2 forward 1 aft
Secondary Battery 12 x 150 mm (5.9")/55 cal SKC/28 in 4 Dreh LC/34 twin turrets & 4 MPL C/35 single turrets
14 x 105 mm (4.1")/65 cal SKC/33 in 7 x 8.8 Dopp LC/31 twin turrets
AA 16 x 37 mm/83 cal SK C/30 in 8 dopp LC/30 twin turrets
10 x 20 mm/65 cal MG C/38
Radars
Fire Control FuMO 22 later replaced by FuMO 27 (from 1942)
FuMB 1 (from September 1943)
FuMB 3
FuMB 4
FuMB 7
Aircraft
Fixed Wing 3
2 catapults
Armour
Side 320 mm (12.59") (often incorrectly stated as 340 mm (13.4") over 70% tapering to 170 mm (6.69") at bottom
Deck 48.3 mm (1.9") main deck
150 mm (5.9") third armoured deck
Forward Transverse Bulkhead 150 mm (5.9")
Turrets 358 mm (14.1") face
190.5 mm (7.5") sides
Barbettes 350 mm (13.8")
Conning Tower 218 mm (8.6") sides
Propulsion
Boilers 12 Wagner three drum type
Temperature 450 degrees C
Turbines Brown-Boveri geared turbines
Shafts 3
Horsepower 166,000 shp
Endurance 9,020 NM at 15 knots
2,210 NM at 32 knots
Speed 32 knots
Oil Bunkerage 6,200 tons
Complement
Design 1258
Usual 1629
Maximum Wartime 1850