HMS Gloucester by Ken Otter

By Ken Otter

On 22 could 1941 the cruiser HMS Gloucester (The battling 'G') used to be sunk by way of airplane of the Luftwaffe in the course of the conflict of Crete. Of her staff of 807 males, purely eighty three survived to return domestic on the finish of the struggle in 1945. it truly is unknown what percentage males went down with the send and the way many died within the sea clinging to rafts and flotsam in the course of the many hours earlier than the survivors have been eventually rescued by way of boats trying to find German squaddies who have been sufferers of a prior British naval assault. the truth that Allied destroyers have been within the proximity and weren't despatched to the rescue used to be as a result of the terrible naval communications and indecision by means of the neighborhood fleet commanders. Gloucester were low on antiaircraft ammunition and her workforce exhausted prior to being dispatched from the most fleet to go looking for the destroyer HMS Greyhound. With in simple terms HMS Fiji as corporation, she got here lower than assault from German bombers and whilst Gloucester's ammunition used to be eventually exhausted she suffered numerous direct hits and was once set ablaze from stem to stern and omitted of control.

This e-book seems to be on the ship's heritage and operational successes from her launching in 1937 to her ultimate loss of life. It comprises many firsthand bills from the surviving team and the author's painstaking study has printed the grim fact approximately one of many Royal Navy's maximum failures in the course of international warfare Two.

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