World War: BATTLE OF GERMANY: Hornet at Large

The Scharnhorst was waiting for a new propeller, British Intelligence reported. The battleship and her sister, the Gneisenau, had lain in Brest for over three months, and frequently R.A.F. reconnaissance took her picture, to make sure she was still waiting.

One day last week the picture was correct: a great expanse of camouflage netting still covered her bulk. Next morning the picture looked the same—until experts scanned it. The hidden bulk was queer, slightly misshapen. Close examination showed that the shape under the camouflage net was not the Scharnhorst, but a 530-ft. tanker with smaller vessels at bow and stern...

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