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The Gneisenau at Brest, France (22 March 1941 - 11 February 1942)
The naval harbour of Brest. Along the main quay protected on the seaward side by a bow-shaped barrier of anti-torpedo netting, is the Scharnhorst, and in the first drydock ahead of her is the Gneisenau. The Gneisenau entering the drydock at Brest, 4 April 1941, to have a scheduled overhaul of her engines.
When the Gneisenau had entered the drydock in Brest the water was pumped out. An unexploded bomb was discovered between the stocks. Gneisenau had to leave the drydock until the bomb was defused. This photograph shows the unexploded bomb. A clear view of the Gneisenau in drydock at Brest.
Yet another view of the Gneisenau in drydock. Shortly after docking an attempt was made to make the Gneisenau hard to spot by using camouflage nets. This photograph shows the camouflaging work.
The Gneisenau in drydock at Brest. Her foredeck is covered with camouflage netting and "A" turret barrels are elevated towards their maximum. British air attack against the German naval units at Brest in late summer 1941 carried out by Halifax bombers. To the right of this photograph the Gneisenau (left) and the Scharnhorst (right) can be seen in the drydocks.
A view of the Scharnhorst (above) and the Gneisenau (below) in the drydocks at Brest. The result of a torpedo damage on the Gneisenau substained by a RAF attack on 6 April 1941. The damage which can be seen in the photograph above is at the level of compartment IV.


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