Atlantic Convoys and Nazi Raiders: The Deadly Voyage of HMS Jervis Bay Bruce Allen Watson

ISBN: 9780313055645

Published: December 30th 2005

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Atlantic Convoys and Nazi Raiders: The Deadly Voyage of HMS Jervis Bay  by  Bruce Allen Watson

Atlantic Convoys and Nazi Raiders: The Deadly Voyage of HMS Jervis Bay by Bruce Allen Watson
December 30th 2005 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 216 pages | ISBN: 9780313055645 | 3.12 Mb

In November of 1940, the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer attacked British Convoy HX-84. The merchant cruiser HMS Jervis Bay, a converted passenger liner that was the convoys only escort armed only with antique 6-inch guns charged the NaziMoreIn November of 1940, the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer attacked British Convoy HX-84.

The merchant cruiser HMS Jervis Bay, a converted passenger liner that was the convoys only escort armed only with antique 6-inch guns charged the Nazi raider. While the Jervis Bay did not stand a chance of surviving the battle, her crews fatalistic bravery inspired awe in all who witnessed the fight.

Watson recounts how the Scheers 11-inch guns turned the ship into a burning hulk in twenty-two minutes, but most of the convoy escaped.--In November of 1940, the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer attacked British Convoy HX-84. The Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Jervis Bay, the only escort and mounting antique 6-inch guns, charged the Nazi raider. While the Jervis Bay did not stand a chance of surviving the battle, her crews fatalistic bravery inspired awe in all who witnessed the fight. Watson describes how the Scheers 11-inch guns turned the converted passenger liner into a burning hulk in twenty-two minutes, but most of the convoy escaped.--How did this confrontation come to pass?

Both the necessity of arming a passenger liner and pretending it was a warship, and the building of the Admiral Scheer and her sister ships for the express purpose of commerce raiding, find their roots in the events, political decisions, re-armament polices, war plans, naval traditions, and blunders that arose in pre-war Britain and Germany.

But this event holds a significance beyond the battle itself. The sinking of the Jervis Bay symbolizes the end of an era in naval warfare. The Armed Merchant Cruisers of the Second World War inherited a long, sometimes noble and sometimes ignoble history.

Long employed in blockade or patrol duty, armed merchant cruisers ventured out for the first time to escort convoys, a defensive duty for which they were eminently unsuited, and for which the Jervis Bay paid a fearful price.



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