Boats from the British ships picking up the survivors of the Gneisenau.
Nearly two hundred of the Gneisenaus crew were picked up after she sank, but many of these died as a consequence of their sudden immersion in nearly freezing water. The survivors declared that nearly six hundred men had been killed outright onboard, and that the entire upper deck of the ship had been shot away. When every round of ammunition had been fired, the surviving officers opened the submerged torpedo tubes to let in the water and sink the ship. For his services in destroying the German squadron, Admiral Sir Frederick Sturdee was created a Baronet. In the Invincible, Mr Thomas A Wells, Carpenter R.N., was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, while leading seamen (first Class Gunlayer) F.S. Martin, and engine room Artificer G. H. F. McCarten, were given the Distinguished Service Medal, which decoration was also awarded to Chief engine Room Artificer robber Snowdon of the Inflexible.
|Item Code : DTE0496||Boats from the British ships picking up the survivors of the Gneisenau. - Editions Available|
|PRINT|| First World War antique black and white book plate published c.1916-18 of glorious acts of heroism during the Great War. This plate may also have text on the reverse side which does not affect the framed side. Title and text describing the event beneath image as shown. |
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The Channel Dash by Robert Taylor.
Mesherschmitt ME109s of JG 2 fly close escort as the German capital Ships Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen, accompanied by a naval flotilla, round the tip of the Cherbourg Peninsula at dawn, February 12th 1942.