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Sailors are issued with their final orders before the Fuhrer comes onboard.
A German sailor's personal photo album capturing Hitler's visit to his doomed ship on which almost 2,000 men later perished has emerged for the first time.
Showing the Fuhrer inspecting the ill-fated crew and greeting senior personnel, the 81 images were taken on board the infamous Nazi battleship Scharnhorst between 1939 and 1940.
The 771ft vessel was sunk during the Battle of the North Cape in 1943 by HMS Duke of York with only 36 of a crew of 1,968 surviving.
And this album, compiled by an unidentified German sailor, shows what life was like on Scharnhorst before that day. It will be sold by Mullocks Auctions in Shropshire on October 18 with a £650 estimate.