Battleship Scharnhorst is Scharnhorst class first ship, ship types are divided into battleship, the initial design can dress up as a 380 mm main gun battleship jumped to meet future war, but during World War II and not implemented. Scharnhorst was built by the War Naval Shipyard Wilhelmshaven, Germany, on October 3, 1936 launch, and began service in January 7, 1939.
In 1938, Scharnhorst found insufficient premium bow freeboard in the trials, docking bow refit in 1939. After the outbreak of World War II, in 1940 in the North Sea Scharnhorst premium sank two ships of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier Glorious and two destroyers, but Scharnhorst was hit by the British destroyer fired torpedoes and water, then drydocking repairs.
In 1941, the Scharnhorst broke into the Atlantic Ocean, at sea and destroy operations. In the two-month operation co sunk 22 merchant fleet, with a total tonnage of 11,5000 tons, greatly damaged the Allied shipping.
December 25, 1943, Scharnhorst sailed convoy attack allies, suffered the main fleet of the Royal Navy battleship Duke of York lead to the interception, was to attack the British, was eventually sunk by Duke of York.