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The Battle of the North Cape by zulumike The Battle of the North Cape by zulumike
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.

REF: Scharnhorst
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kuckuk333 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Great pic, but one nitpick: the bow of the Scharnhorst depicts the original bow as it looked when the ship left the building yards. when the ship sunk in 1943 the bow looked different.
zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you , I appreciate it.
fishofglass Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
very nice!
nimitz4145 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Very realistic and well done. You just forgot the specific camo…
zulumike Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, good eye. 
MacPaul Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Too bad that she has her old bow here…
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Excellent picture, great details, lining, faded colors... I can't help but enjoy how she set out to slaughter helpless ships and found... Nemesis.
zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Appreciate the kind words. I am happy with sky which has evolved over time.
warrior1944 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Awesome drawing there of one of my fave ships :D
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, appreciate the feedback. It is a beautiful ship, I always liked the shield crest on the bow.
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