Stood at the GATES OF HELL

On February 12 1942 three warships of the German fleet, the battleships ‘lucky’ Scharnhorst , and Gneisenau, together with the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, escaped from the port of Brest. Their aim, to run the gauntlet of the English Channel and return to the relative safety of Germany’s north-west coast. Professor of Naval History, Eric Grove, explains how the Germans successfully sailed through the gates of hell.

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