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The 13200 dwt cruiser Baleares anchoring at Malaga in 1937.

Launched at Ferrol in April 20th, 1932 for Spanish Navy. Commissioned in 1936 as her sister Canarias.

Note fourth turret has not yet been fitted. An unidentified German pocket battleship could be seen in the foreground.

Sunk in a naval fight with four Republican destroyers during Spanish civil war in March 6th, 1938.

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I think might be the Deutschland at the end of May 1937 she was escorted to Malaga by the Scheer after the Deutschland had been bombed by Spanish Republican aircraft whilst at anchor off Ibiza, she had suffered serious damage from two bomb hits with an ensuing major fire caused by petrol for her aeroplane igniting.
 

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