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Admiral Scheer

Panzerschiff / Schwerer Kreuzer 1934 - 1945  Deutschland  Class

   Ship Info   History   Operations   Technical Data   Photos   1:1250 Model 
12.11.1934:   Commissioned.
-18.04.1935:   Trials and training.
30.08- 01.09.1935:   Visit to Danzig.
19.10 - 09.11 1935:   Battle training in the North Atlantic.
May 1936:   Fleet parade at Laboe.
06-19.06.1936:   Together with Deutschland voyage around Great Britain.
23-29.06.1936:   Visit to Stockholm.
24.07.1936-31.08.1936:   First Spain operation.
02.10-03.12.1936:   Second Spain operation.
15.03-07.04.1937:   Third Spain operation.
09.05-01.07.1937:   Forth Spain operation. After a bomb attack o the Panzerschiff Deutschland at Ibiza, Admiral Scheer and the torpedo boats Seeadler , Albatros , Luchs and Leopard bombard the harbor of Almeria.
30.07-11.10.1937:   Fifth Spain operation.
-March 1938:   Fleet operations and training in the Baltic Sea.
19.03-29.06.1938:   Sixth Spain operation.
22.08.1938:   Fleet parade in Kiel because of the launch of the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen .
18.04 - 03.05.1939:   Atlantic operation and trials.
04.09 1939:   Based in Wilhelmshaven, the Admiral Scheer shoots down a Blenheim IV bomber in the first British air raid on Wilhelmshaven.
01.02 - July 1940:   In dock, command tower is replaced, reclassified as heavy cruiser.
31.07 - October 1940:   Trials in the Baltic Sea.
23.10.1940:   Leaves Gotenhafen (Gdynia) for commerce war.
31.10.1940:   Passes Denmark Street.

After the sinking of the refrigerator ship Mopan (5389 t) the Admiral Scheer attacks the convoy HX 84 at 52°45'N, 32°13'W. consisting of 37 merchants. While the auxiliary cruiser Jervis Bay defends the convoy and is sunk, the main body can escape. The total loss of HX 84 are: 

  • Jervis Bay (14164 t)
  • Maidan (7908 t)
  • Trewellard (5201 t)
  • Kenbame Head (5225 t)
  • Beaverford (10042 t) 
  • Fresno City (4955 t)

Three other merchants with 27844 t are damaged.

12.11.1940:   Refueled by the tanker Eurofeld .
14.11.1940:   Resupplied by supply ship Nordmark .
24.11.1940:   Sinks Port Horbard (7448 t) SE of the Bermudas.
01.12.1940:   Sinks Tribesman (6242 t ) west of Bathurst.
14.12.1940:   Resupplied by supply ship Nordmark .

Captures British refrigerator ship Duquesa (8651) with 14.5 million eggs and 3000 t of meat on board. The Duquesa was used to resupply the auxiliary cruisers Pinguin and Thor and the supply ship Nordmark . The Duquesa is sunk by the Pinguin in February 1941.

26.12.1940:   Admiral Scheer meets with auxiliary cruisers Thor and Pinguin , resupply ship Nordmark , tanker Eurofeld and the captured Duquesa at point "Andalusien" 15°S 18°W.
09-12.01.1941:   Admiral Scheer unsuccessfully tries to attack the Troop Convoy WS5A which has been attacked by CA Admiral Hipper on December 24th
17.01.1941:   Norwegian tanker Sandefjord (8038 t) is captured and send to Bordeaux.
20.01.1941:   Sinks Dutch steamer Barneveld (5597 t) and British freighter Stanpark (5103 t)
24-28.01.1941:   Another meeting at "Andalusien" between Admiral Scheer , Thor and Nordmark .
03.02.1941:   Passes Cape of Good Hope.
14.02.1941:   Meets with auxiliary cruiser Atlantis , the war prizes Speybank and Letty Brövi and the German freighter Tannenfels at 13°S, 64°E.
20.02.1941:   Sinks the Greek freighter Gregorios (2546 t) at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel. The British tanker British Advocate (6994 t) is captured.
21.02.1941:   Sinks the Canadian Cruiser (7178 t). Admiral Scheer is ordered home.
22.02.1941:   Sinks Indonesian steamer Rantaupandjang (2542 t). A few hours later, the Admiral Scheer is sighted by a plane of the British CL Glasgow at 8°30'S, 51°35'E.  The Admiral Scheer is unsuccessfully hunted by the CV Hermes , CA Canberra , Australia and Shorpshire and the CLs Glasgow , Cape Town and Emerald .
03.03.1941:   Passes Cape of Good Hope.
09-10.03.1941:   Another meeting at "Andalusien" between Admiral Scheer , Nordmark and the auxiliary cruisers Pinguin and Kormoran .
11-24.03.1941:   Admiral Scheer meets German freighters Portland and Alsterufer .
27.03.1941:   Passes Denmark Street.
30.03.1941:   Reached Bergen.
01.04.1941:   Arrived in Kiel. On her voyage, the Admiral Scheer has sunk 14 ships with 84027 t, captured 2 with 15032 t and destroyed an auxiliary cruiser with 14164 t. Total 113223 t.
15.04-01.07.1941:   Repairs in Kiel.
Sep - Oct 1941:   Part of the Baltic Fleet.
January-February 1942:   Transferred to Drontheim.
May 1942:   Moved to Bow Bay near Narvik.
July 1942:   Together with the Lützow and six DDs, the Admiral Scheer forms a squadron to attack the arctic convoy PQ-17. The squadron is called back after the convoy has broken up.
16-18.08.1942:   Friedrich Eckold , Erich Steinbrinck and Richard Beitzen escort the heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer to the Bear Islands.
16-31.08.1942:   Operation "Wunderland":  
With 3 U-boats the Admiral Scheer sails to the Cara Sea. Russian ice-breaker Alexander Siriyakov is sunk on the 25th, Port Dickson bombarded on the 27th, damaging another ice-breaker and a tanker.
29-31.08.1942:   Friedrich Eckold, Erich Steinbrinck and Richard Beitzen escort the heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer from Bear Island to Norway.
24-28.09.1942:   The destroyers Richard Beizen , Z23 , Z28 , Z29 and Z30 proceed to a mine laying operation at Nowaja Semlja. They are covered by the heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer .
20-21.10.1942:   Richard Beitzen , Friedrich Eckoldt and Z29 escort the heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer from the Altafjord to Narvik.
23-24.10.1942:   Richard Beitzen , Friedrich Eckoldt, Z23, Z28  and Z29 escort the battleship Tirpitz and the  heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer from Narvik to Trondheim.
06-10.11.1942:   Z23 , Z28 and Z29 escort the heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer from Trondheim back to Germany.
11.11.1942:   Returns to Kiel.
January 1943:   Repairs in Wilhelmshaven, afterwards, the ship is used as a training ship based in Gotenhafen (Gdynia) and is decommissioned.
October 1944:   Put into service again.
Nov 1944- Feb 1945:   Support of the German Army.
March 1945:   Bombardments at Diefenov and Swinemünde. As the barrels are worn out, the Admiral Scheer is ordered to Kiel for repairs. Takes over 200 wounded and 800 refugees at Pilau.
09-10.05.1945:   After several bomb hits the Admiral Scheer capsized.
July 1946:   The wreck, buried under rubble, is broken up.

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