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By Bruce A. Watson

In November of 1940, the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer attacked British Convoy HX-84. The service provider cruiser HMS Jervis Bay, a switched over passenger liner that used to be the convoy's simply escort—armed in simple terms with vintage 6-inch guns—charged the Nazi raider. whereas the Jervis Bay didn't stand an opportunity of surviving the conflict, her crew's fatalistic bravery encouraged awe in all who witnessed the struggle. Watson recounts how the Scheer's 11-inch weapons became the send right into a burning hulk in twenty-two mins, yet lots of the convoy escaped.

In November of 1940, the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer attacked British Convoy HX-84. The Armed service provider Cruiser HMS Jervis Bay, the one escort and mounting vintage 6-inch weapons, charged the Nazi raider. whereas the Jervis Bay didn't stand an opportunity of surviving the conflict, her crew's fatalistic bravery encouraged awe in all who witnessed the struggle. Watson describes how the Scheer's 11-inch weapons grew to become the switched over passenger liner right into a burning hulk in twenty-two mins, yet many of the convoy escaped.

How did this war of words come to move? either the need of arming a passenger liner and pretending it was once a warship, and the development of the Admiral Scheer and her sister ships for the explicit function of trade raiding, locate their roots within the occasions, political judgements, re-armament polices, warfare plans, naval traditions, and mistakes that arose in pre-war Britain and Germany. yet this occasion holds a value past the conflict itself. The sinking of the Jervis Bay symbolizes the tip of an period in naval battle. The Armed service provider Cruisers of the second one global warfare inherited a protracted, occasionally noble and infrequently ignoble background. lengthy hired in blockade or patrol accountability, armed service provider cruisers ventured out for the 1st time to escort convoys, a protective responsibility for which they have been eminently unsuited, and for which the Jervis Bay paid a frightened price.

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Upon signing the next morning, Miirer was nearly overcome by exhaustion and the enormity of the event, for he was literally giving away the German Navy. His hands shook so violently that he twice put his pen down to compose himself. Although the Armistice Agreement called for the German ships to be interned in neutral ports, their arrival in Scotland put them firmly in British hands—meaning Beatty's. As an added humiliation, and to emphasize who was in charge, Beatty decided the German ships were in the way of commercial shipping, so he unceremoniously sent them to Scapa Flow in the Orkneys.

There was much to remember. The war monuments came soon enough, from the quiet magnificence of the Scottish National War Memorial, where a single casket contains the names of all the Scots killed, to the bronze statue of the young infantryman in London's Paddington Station from which so many like him went to war, to the little weed-choked roadside stone near Dunvegan, Isle ATLANTIC CONVOYS AND NAZI RAIDERS of Skye, containing names of some local lads who died with the Cameronians. More poignant still, evoking pity, wonder, guilt, awe, were the living memorials: the 50,000 men with permanently shattered minds, some eternally staring into their private hells, mumbling into their tea cups; or the men with shattered bodies, their crude prostheses—wood, leather, buckles, straps, and ties holding them together.

Despite his rearmament plans, Hitler used the agreement to demonstrate to a European audience willing, indeed needing, to believe his every word, that Germany had only peaceful intentions. Yet another danger erupted in the mid-1930s. Ever since 1918, Britain assumed Italy would remain a steadfast ally. But Italy in the 1920s and 1930s was not Italy of World War I. Benito Mussolini's fascism took hold, driven by his dreams to restore the might of the Roman Empire. First he beat down •39- ATLANTIC CONVOYS AND NAZI RAIDERS the Libyans in an early example of ethnic cleansing.

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