The Battle of Westerplatte was an brief battle between the pre-dreadnought battleship Schelwig-Holstein and the Polish and Novan garrison that occupied the city. The battle occured on September 1, 1939 after the Invasion of Poland was initiated by Hitler. The Schelwig-Holstein opened fire on the Polish garrison, but was suddenly destroyed by a Novan warship. In the aftermath of the battle on September 2, Polish troops reported that the German dreadnought was a pile of twisted metal and burning bodies.

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