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By Phil Carradice

As 1942, the fourth 12 months of the struggle, all started, victory for the Allies was once nonetheless a ways off. German submarines have been sinking ships off the coast of the us in what may turn into referred to as the ‘Second chuffed Time’ for the U-boat crews whereas Allied vessels have been falling sufferer to eastern plane and warships within the some distance East. Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen made their sprint throughout the Channel to German waters whereas within the Arctic the battleship Tirpitz and German plane and submarines menaced the convoys offering Russia. in spite of the fact that, convoys persevered to get via to provide beleaguered Malta regardless of heavy losses to submarines and airplane, and within the Pacific the USA military inflicted defeats at the jap on the key battles of the Coral Sea and halfway, battles during which the key vessels by no means truly observed one another, scuffling with with carrier-borne airplane as an alternative. Troops have been landed at the island of Guadalcanal and in North Africa. during this e-book, Phil Carradice makes use of many not often obvious photographs to inform the tale of the second one international struggle at Sea in 1942.

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C. Kennedy immediately radioed the position of the enemy ships and went in to attack. The Rawalpindi managed to score several hits on the Scharnhorst before the battlecruiser's heavy guns began to take their toll. Blazing furiously, the Rawalpindi was soon disabled and sunk. The German ships, their presence now known to the Admiralty, returned to port without causing damage to British trade. The cruiser Newcastle, which was the next ship in the patrol screen, managed to pick up eleven survivors from the Rawalpindi, the Scharnhorst a few dozen more, but Captain Kennedy was not among them.

On 23 November, the AMC Rawalpindi, operating as part of the Northern Patrol and commanded by Captain E. C. Kennedy, came into contact with the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, which were attempting to break out into the Atlantic. Opposite top: Life goes on. Despite wartime conditions, life in the Royal Navy, with all its traditions like a daily tot of rum and sailors sleeping in hammocks, continued much as normal. This photograph shows another of those traditions, the selling off of a dead sailor's possessions on board the battleship Valiant.

On their return to base, Prien and his crew were decorated and treated like heroes. Admiral Raeder promoted Karl Danitz, who had come to Wilhelmshaven to welcome back the submarine, to rear admiral on the deck of U47. The crew were even flown to Berlin for a special reception, where Prien was awarded the Knight's Cross, and officers and men met Adolf Hitler. For the British, however, the disaster showed the defensive inadequacies of Scapa Flow. Tragically, the blockships that had been sent for to make the defences more secure arrived the day after the sinking.

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