blucher-test-run

Seen here during her sea trials (test run), the Blücher was the second of Nazi Germany’s five Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruisers. For her inaugural mission, she lead the invasion of Norway on April 8, 1940, accompanied by the heavy cruiser Lützow, the light cruiser Emden, and several smaller escorts. Wrap your head around this: A brand new German ship with a huge crew of trained men got taken out by 40-year-old weapons manned mostly by raw recruits.

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