Scheer Destruction


When 10(BR) Squadron sortied to find the Admiral Scheer, it had already made good its escape following its attack on Convoy HX 84

Though the Canadians were unable to find the grey raider in a stormy sea, the Admiral Scheer had been very active, as revealed by a precis of its war diaries.

On November 5, 1940, the ship’s floatplane scouted 7,000 square miles of sea, returning just after noon having sighted a convoy just 90 miles away. The Scheer’s commander, Kapitän zur See Theodor Krancke, raised speed, aiming to intercept by nightfall – though this left only a narrow window to attack.

Spotting a lone ship, the Scheer went to action stations around 3pm. Minutes later the steamer Mopan was heaved to and sunk. With smoke sighted to the south, Krancke altered course to approach from dead ahead with Convoy HX 84 silhouetted against the sun.

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