Tirpitz Sortie to Spitzbergen ~ September 8th, 1943

Short Story: In September 1943 the two german battleships Tirpitz & Scharnhorst, together with a few Destroyers, participated in a raid on Spitzbergen. The goal of this raid was the destruction of an allied weather & broadcasting station nearby Barentsburg, together with some other supply facilities.

In Game: As you can see we’ve only used Tirpitz for this in game sortie, simply because it’s the only ship that’s usable at the current day (February 2018). You might also notice that Tirpitz is missing it’s secondary armament, any anti-air guns, anchors & anchor chains and glas windows. 🙂
At the actual stage of development we’re using this simplified & unfinished model of Tirpitz simply as a placeholder, but she’s still a Beauty 🙂

More Info about Operation Zitronella/Sicily at Wikipedia

Spitzbergen & Barentsburg on Google Maps

Tirpitz approaching Spitzbergen, some drift ice in the background.
Early morning dawn September 8th, 1943

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Tirpitz approaching Spitzbergen through heavy drift ice.
~06:20 in the morning, September 8th, 1943

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Tirpitz nearby Woodfjorden/Spitzbergen.
Early morning, September 8th, 1943

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Tirpitz heading towards Barentsburg/Longyearbyen, passing an iceberg.
Early morning, September 8th, 1943

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Tirpitz nearby Barentsburg/Spitzbergen,
~07:00 in the morning, September 8th, 1943

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Barentsburg on Google Maps

Tirpitz opening fire on Barentsburg/Spitzbergen,
~07:00 in the morning, September 8th, 1943

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Barentsburg on Google Maps

Tirpitz firing on Barentsburg/Spitzbergen,
~07:00 in the morning, September 8th, 1943

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Barentsburg on Google Maps

Tirpitz firing on Barentsburg/Spitzbergen. First Person View on 38cm Turret Anton & Berta in firing position.
~07:00 in the morning, September 8th, 1943

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Tirpitz, First Person View on 38cm Turret Anton in firing position.
~07:00 in the morning, September 8th, 1943

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Tirpitz heading home away from Spitzbergen, 
~17:50 in the evening, September 8th, 1943

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Tirpitz heading westward, away from Spitzbergen, 
17:54 in the evening, September 8th, 1943

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Tirpitz reaching open water, 
17:59 in the evening, September 8th, 1943

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Tirpitz , dark night new moon,  passing Bear Island
03:10, September 9th, 1943

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Bear Island on Google Maps

Taking a look at Orion,  passing Bear Island
03:10, September 9th, 1943

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By the way Star, Sun & Moon positions are actually pretty accurate already, so celestial navigation will be possible once we have a sextant & star-almanac in game!

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Bear Island on Google Maps

Tirpitz entering Alta Fjord
13:30, September 9th, 1943

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Alta Fjord on Google Maps

Tirpitz mooring in Kåfjord
13:30, September 9th, 1943

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Kåfjord on Google Maps