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By Carlton Jackson

ISBN-10: 0806134186

ISBN-13: 9780806134185

This can be the dramatic tale of the sinking of the HMT Rohna, which led to one of many maximum variety of casualties suffered in WWII. the truth that the large demise and the next cover-up of the main points surrounding it make for attention-grabbing and stressful studying. constrained courses exist at the topic, so this can be a precious source for historians.

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Major Dochtermann used number 3. Attack! / 39 the bridge, soup tureen on his head, and calmly smoked his pipe, much to the muted amusement of those around him. Third Ofc. John Buckler, who had managed to hold the Rohna on a steady course as she was jolted by her own firepower during the attack, continued at the helm. Meanwhile, Dochtermann was annoyed that he had had to fly so high to avoid the flak that any shot he aimed at the convoy could not possibly hit. " His target: the largest ship in the convoy, possibly the Orion.

O n the way through the Atlantic, there were numerous submarine scares, one so intense that the entire convoy had to make a 180degree turn to avoid the Germans. 50 Off the coast of Oran, convoy KMF-26 was joined by the "Annex," the five ships of which the Rohna was a part. The mood of the troops in the convoy was upbeat as they watched their new partners come nearer to them. This addition brought the number of ships in the convoy to twenty-four, formed in six columns, with four to each column. The Rohna was assigned to position twelve, putting her in the second position in the port column.

O f course, he had no way of knowing that barely three weeks after Mock-up sketch of guided bomb. this action over the Atlantic he would score the largest hit of his career-indeed, of the entire naval war in Europe. At thirty-one in 1943, Dochtermann was a seasoned veteran of the war, but he was not yet too old to forget his childhood in the historic city of Augsburg. His father had been a self-employed textile merchant while Hans attended the volksschule (elementary school), where his favorite subjects were chemistry and German history, culture, and l a n g ~ a g eI.

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