Saturday, July 4, 2015

Amazing, Breath-Taking War Wrecks From Around The World (15 Pics)

1. USS Yorktown

Throughout the night of the 6th and into the morning of the 7th, Yorktown remained stubbornly afloat. By 05:30 on 7 June, however, the men in the ships nearby noted that the carrier’s list was rapidly increasing to port. At 07:01, the ship turned over onto her port side, rolled upside-down, and sank, stern first, in 3,000 fathoms (5,500 m) of water. In all, Yorktown’s sinking claimed the lives of 141 of her officers.
2. The Battleship Bismarck

The battleship Bismarck. This photo offers a good view of the enormous 36-meter beam. The Bismarck was the widest battleship in the world. Only the Japanese battleships of the Yamato Class (then still under construction) would have a wider beam of 37 m

3. USS Kittiwake

4. Two grounded WWI German submarines
5. Two wrecked German submarines at dockside in Hamburg, Germany, after Allied bombing.
6. New York City, c.1942, The SS. Normandie capsized after going up in flames in New York Harbour
7. KIEL HARBOUR, GERMANY, 19 MAY 1945. View of the German cruiser ADMIRAL HIPPER which was in dry dock at Kiel when the harbour was captured by the Allies. Both the German attempts to camouflage her and the damage caused by Allied bombers can be seen.
8. Dunkerque and Strasbourg
Dunkerque and her sister Strasbourg were among the few battleships equipped with two superimposed quadruple turrets, in this case housing 13″ guns. Both ships ended up at Toulon when France fell to the Germans and the Vichy government was established.
Ultimately both ships, along with the majority of the French fleet at Toulon, were scuttled on 27 November 1942, to deprive the Germans of their use. Dunkerque was scuttled in drydock, where she remains in this post-liberation view. The ship has been heavily damaged by demolitions crews – although it is not clear how much of the damage was done by the French, and how much by the Germans as they were driven out of Toulon.
Five of her eight guns barrels have been cut off, her superstructure has been completely demolished, and her bow has been entirely removed back to the forward turret.
This is the hulk of the French battleship Dunkerque, scuttled at Toulon.
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