Warm welcome for Germans as huge vessel arrived at harbour

The German cruiser Leipzig entering Portsmouth Harbour in 1934
The German cruiser Leipzig entering Portsmouth Harbour in 1934

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A few interested onlookers wait on the beach at Sally Port as the huge bulk of the German light cruiser Leipzig slides past the Round Tower on her way into Portsmouth Harbour on July 11, 1934.

The giant vessel, which was on a visit with the cruiser Konigsberg, was the flagship of Rear Admiral Hans Kolbe.

She lay alongside South Railway Jetty for four days and the city made her officers and ship’s company welcome, little knowing that just over five years later their two countries would be at war again.