The Battle of North Cape

The Death Ride of the Scharnhorst, 1943

Angus Konstam

On 25 December 1943 the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst sailed to attack Arctic convoy JW55B, which was carrying vital war supplies to the Soviet Union. But British naval intelligence knew of the mission before she sailed. In effect the Scharnhorst was sailing into a trap. One of the most compelling naval dramas of World War II had begun.
Date Published :
December 2011
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Campaign Chronicles
Illustration :
40 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781848845572
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$24.95

Overview
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On 25 December 1943 the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst slipped out Altenfjord in Norway to attack Arctic convoy JW55B which was carrying vital war supplies to the Soviet Union. But British naval intelligence knew of the Scharnhorst's mission before she sailed and the vulnerable convoy was protected by a large Royal Naval force including the battleship Duke of York. In effect the Scharnhorst was sailing into a trap. One of the most compelling naval dramas of the Second World War had begun.

‘Angus Konstam’s gripping account tells the story of this crucial but under-studied naval battle, and explains why the hopes of the German Kreigsmarine went down with their last great ship; only 37 of the German battlecruiser’s 1700 crew were saved.’ The Nautical Magazine

‘This book illuminates this forgotten and overlooked battle like an unexpected enemy star shell bursting out of the Arctic night.’ IPMS

‘Angus Konstam’s book is an excellent read and strongly recommended…. thoughtful and totally engrossing….If you are interested in the Royal Navy in the Second World War, the Arctic convoy campaign or capital ship actions, The Battle of the North Cape is well worth its cover price.’ Naval Review

About The Author
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Angus Konstam is a military and maritime historian and author. Formerly a curator at the Royal Armouries, and curator at the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, he is now a full-time author, with over 70 books in print.

REVIEWS
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“…a fast read with surprising twists and turns… illuminates this forgotten and overlooked battle like an unexpected enemy starshell bursting out of the Arctic night.”

- IPMS/USA

"Angus Konstam’s gripping account tells the story of this crucial but under-studied naval battle, and explains why the hopes of the German Kreigsmarine went down with their last great ship; only 37 of the German battlecruiser’s 1700 crew were saved."

- The Nautical Magazine

"This book illuminates this forgotten and overlooked battle like an unexpected enemy star shell bursting out of the Arctic night."

- IPMS/USA

"Angus Konstam’s book is an excellent read and strongly recommended…. thoughtful and totally engrossing….If you are interested in the Royal Navy in the Second World War, the Arctic convoy campaign or capital ship actions, The Battle of the North Cape is well worth its cover price."

- The Naval Review

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