I have read only one account of serious bomb damage to Scharnhorst while in France, this on June 24th while she was conducting trials with a recently overhauled machinery north of La Pallice. A stick of five bombs was landed on her. The majority of damage was not of structural nature, it was the damaged and severed cabling which required eight months to be replacedSaltheart wrote: All those bombs that hit Sharnhorst and went right through her in Brest did great damage.
During the duel with the Galloper turret Caesar aboard Gneisenau performed loud and clear from start to end, there is no official record of this turret being silencedSaltheart wrote: Gneisenau took a turret hit from Renown and the turret was silenced.
The Admiralty report mentioned a “hit at the base of the superstructure forward” whereupon Gneisenau “immediately stopped firing”
This not because a 114 mm projectile struck turret Anton but because the foretop fire director and radar suddenly went offline
It should be mentioned turret Anton reported out of action about half an hour into the stern chase. Scharnhorst, whom had not been hit, also reported turret Anton out of action
Out of action due to poor waterproof turret integrity ...
Forgive me for challenging your posts here time and again, Saltheart. It is an interesting thread and I enjoyed reading it