KMS Admiral Scheer in The War That Came EarlyEdit
The Admiral Scheer had already gained fame as a commerce raider in the North Atlantic when it met with Julius Lemp's U-30 in Spring 1939, north of the Faroes. The surface vessel's captain, Patzig, informed Lemp that from then on his submarine would escort the Admiral Scheer. Lemp immediately figured that this was yet another plan hatched by Karl Dönitz to punish him for the sinking of the SS Athenia earlier in the year.
Some time later the Admiral Scheer engaged three British battleships not far from North American waters. After exchanging shots the Admiral Scheer faked a retreat and got the other ships to follow her, movement that was used by the undiscovered U-30 to sink all pursuers. The victory was a great morale boost for the Germans, a source of anger for the British and of concern for the Americans.