The Gneisenau was a German capital ship, alternatively described as a battleship and battlecruiser, of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine. She was the second vessel of her class, which included one other ship, Scharnhorst. The ship was built at the Deutsche Werke dockyard in Kiel; she was laid down on 6 May 1935 and launched on 8 December 1936. Completed in May 1938, the ship was armed with a main battery of nine 28 cm (11 in) C/34 guns in three triple turrets.
KMS Gneisenau in The War That Came EarlyEdit
After the Committee for the Salvation of the German Nation successfully assassinated Adolf Hitler, various Kriegsmarine ships and port units in Kiel supported either the Committee or the Nazi Party. The officers and crew of the Gneisenau supported the Committee and used its nine 280mm guns to obliterate resistance within 30 km of the port.