This artwork represents the Scharnhorst leaving its base at Altenfjord, Norway December 25, 1943 and setting course for attacking the British Convoy JW 55B. A Heinkel He 115 seaplane also assists in locating the convoy. Heavy gales and storms were prevalent that day and radar on the Scharhorst will be a factor for its survival in the next 24 hours.
This will be the beginning of the end for the Scharnhorst as she is sunk the next day, known as the Battle of the North Cape, which was a WW II naval battle which occurred on December 26, 1943, as part of the Arctic Campaign.
The German battlecruiser Scharnhorst, on an operation to attack Arctic Convoys of war material from the Western Allies to the USSR, was brought to battle and sunk by superior Royal Navy forces—the battleship HMS Duke of York plus several cruisers and destroyers—off Norway's North Cape.
The battle was the last battle between big gun capital ships in the war between Britain and Germany. The British victory confirmed the massive strategic advantage held by the British, at least in surface units.