These photographs were taken during Operation Berlin,a commerce raiding cruise by the German capital ships Gneisenau and Scharnhorst from January to March of 1941.Photos from the album of a radioman of the crew of Gneisenau.
The sinking of the Norwegian freighter Granli
The Empire Industry,a 3,648 ton freighter seen over the bow of Gneisenau
The Simnia,a British tanker, is sunk
The last ship to be sunk on March 15,1941,was the Chilean Reefer,a former Danish fruit carrier of 1,739 tons.Soon after these photos were taken,HMS Rodney was detected closing the scene by the radar of Gneisenau