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The battleship that started World War Two

Appeared in DIVER May 2009

The Schleswig Holstein sailed into a harbour near Gdansk on an apparent courtesy visit, only then to fire on the Polish garrison. These, as it turned out, were the opening shots of WW2. Marcin Trzcinski dives an historic battleship wreck

Diver Roman emerges from an opening on the Schleswig Holstein
Diver Roman emerges from an opening on the Schleswig Holstein
  • Marcin Trzcinski

    Marcin Trzcinski

  • Twisted metal shows the destruction of the deck amidships
    Twisted metal shows the destruction of the deck amidships
  • 280mm ammunition stored in the stern section
    280mm ammunition stored in the stern section
  • Porthole amidships
    Porthole amidships
  • The Schleswig Holstein, the ship that fired the first shots of World War Two
    The Schleswig Holstein, the ship that fired the first shots of World War Two
  • The dive team on the deck of Nitrox, displaying the Polish Navy flag
    The dive team on the deck of Nitrox, displaying the Polish Navy flag
  • An old Russian shell lies beside the wreck
    An old Russian shell lies beside the wreck

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