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KM War Diary entry for April 9, 1940 (referring to action between HMS Renown and S&G)
Battleship Group: Fleet chief reports combat contact with heavy enemy forces west of the Loften (67° 40’, 9° 50’ east) at 0530 in the morning. Apparently the superior opponent managed to solve the
problem after a short battle.
Opponent probably a Repulse and another battleship.
Fleet chief reports at 2017, can only run 25 m, 2
heavy turrets down.”
Skl. indicates that damage may have been caused by heavy seas. There is no battle report from the fleet chief. Reuters reports about a major sea battle and the sinking of the "Gneisenau" appear very unbelievable.
I can find a large number of newspapers recycling the Norwegian claim that Gneisenau was sunk by their shore batteries in Oslofjord (obviously a mistaken bloating of the Blücher’s loss) on April 13, but not for this earlier claim that the war diary mentions, if it made the rounds on the major newspapers, none are digitized on the internet as far as I can tell. Does anyone have news-clippings of this claim?