The Channel Dash
The German sister battleships Gneisenau and
Scharnhorst had for some months been using the
dockyard facilities at Brest on the Atlantic coast of
Brittany, France for refit and repair and were joined
by the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen in June 1941.
Late in that year Hitler ordered the ships to return
to German bases to counter a possible British
Invasion of Norway.
Thus, Operation Cerberus, better known as the Channel Dash, was planned and started on 11th February 1942 when the three ships with destroyer escorts left Brest and broke the British blockade around the port.