SMS Gneisenau Voyages

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Carl Edward Krause, a seaman in the German Imperial Navy, compiled an illustrious photo album during the years 1910-1911 while he was stationed aboard the SMS Gneisenau, World War I, armored cruiser that was launched in 1906. After several more service cruises, this ship was scuttled and sunk in action during a battle near the Falkland Islands in 1914. The highlights illustrated within these photos document the ship’s 1910-1911 far east cruise. 

Some of these photos contain wartime subject matter. This collection is copyrighted by the owner and intended for personal use only, not for commercial profit.


Other Resources:

Rickard, J (22 August 2007), SMS Gneisenau

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3 thoughts on “SMS Gneisenau Voyages

  1. kkt Post author

    Thank you for your comments. The SMS Gneisenau battleship that is mentioned in this blog is about is a different ship than the one you mention. There were several Gneisenau ships in the German military. The ship in these photos was launched in 1906. It was scuttled and sunk in action in 1914 at the Battle of the Falkland Islands. There is detailed information here,

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    Gneisenau during her final voyage, Operation Cerberus, the famous Channel Dash back to Germany from the French Atlantic coast in February 1942 made together with sister Scharnhorst and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. Mined en route, she was terminally damaged by RAF bombing at the end of the month whilst in dry dock for repair.

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    Thank you very much for posting your collection of SMS Gneisenau photos. The photos and captions have helped me greatly in identifying many of the photos in a similar collection which I have from my grandfather.

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