The gods love the brave. The story of one battle


There are eight of them - we are two. The alignment before the fight

Not ours, but we will play!
Seryozha! Hold on, we do not shine with you
But the trump cards must be equalized.
V.S. Vysotsky


On November 11 on November 1942, one of the most amazing naval battles of World War II took place in the Indian Ocean southeast of the Cocos Islands. In general, the Indian Ocean has become an arena for many amazing stories, one fight of “Cormoran” against “Sydney” is worth it, but our story is about no less, and, perhaps, even more amazing battle.

In the Second World War, the participating countries Germany and Japan, following the example of the First World War, continued the practice of raiding. Submarines were massively added to surface ships only.

Division of labor, so to speak. Submarines simply drowned ships, and raiders often seized them and sent them to prize ports with prize teams. The Japanese replenished their fleet very well this way.

And on November 11 what happened happened. The battle between the two Japanese raiders and the British under-convoy consisting of a tanker and an escort corvette.

First, introduce the participants.

There were two real raiders on the Japanese side. These, because even though they were built like passenger ships, but for the money of the military department, which means that these ships were converted into warships very quickly and simply. Generally planned as high-speed transports, but could be used as raiders.

Hokoku-maru and Aikoku-maru had a displacement of 10 438 t and a maximum speed of up to 21 knot. It was supposed to be used for flights to both America.


Aikoku Maru in 1943

But with the outbreak of war, they were converted into auxiliary cruisers. That is, if translated into a normal language, - Raiders.

The main armament was the 140-mm guns “Type 3”, each ship carried eight of them. In addition, two 76-mm anti-aircraft guns, two paired “96 Type” anti-aircraft guns with a caliber of 25 mm, two paired 13,2-mm machine guns and two two-pipe 533-mm torpedo tubes. Cherry on the cake - each raider had two seaplanes. Without a catapult, true, but with cranes that allowed you to quickly launch and raise aircraft from it.

The gods love the brave. The story of one battle

In general, pretty standard for the "auxiliary cruisers" of that time. Enough to arrange a finale to any civilian ship, which, on the whole, this sweet couple did. Moreover, quite successfully.

The Japanese raiders had at that time the sunken American steamboats Vincent and Malama, the British steamboat Elysia, the captured Dutch tanker Genota, which the prize team had brought to Japan, and it became part of the Imperial fleet under the name "Oso", the New Zealand armed steamer "Hauraki", included in the fleet as a supply transport "Hoki-maru."

That is, in a very short time two raiders replenished the Japanese fleet with two ships. Plus, both ships regularly supplied fuel and food to submarines that operated in the area.

In general, they were busy with business.

On the morning of November 11, southeast of Cocos Islands, Hokoku Maru observers discovered a small convoy on the horizon — a single tanker escorted by an escort ship.

“Hokoku-maru” turned toward them, “Aikoku-maru” followed 6 miles. Hiroshi Imazato, captain of 1 rank, first decided to sink the warship, hoping that after that the tanker would surrender without a fight, as had happened with the Genota tanker and the Hauraki armed steamer.

They say for sure: if you want to ridicule the gods, tell them about your plans.

Now it’s worth talking about those who were caught up by the brave Japanese sailors.

The tanker was Dutch, called "Ondine", but was used (the Netherlands, as it were, were all) by the British fleet. The ship was even smaller in displacement than the Japanese Raiders (9 070 gross) and could move at the speed of as many 12 knots.


When the British put the tanker at their service, they armed it with one 102-mm gun and four anti-aircraft machine guns.


True, the calculations were not anyhow from where, but quite normal British cadres.

The second ship was the Bengal corvette. In general, according to the documents, he passed as a minesweeper, but as the minesweepers these boats were not actually used, but he was completely used as escort ships.

This was a series of ships of the Buthurst project, which they began to call corvettes. The Buthurst Corvette had a standard displacement of 650 tons and a full displacement of 1025 tons and could reach speeds of up to 15 knots.


I didn’t find a photo of Bengal, it’s absolutely the same Tamworth

The armament varied depending on what was available, but the usual set consisted of one 102-mm gun Mk XIX and three 20-mm “Erlikons”. To combat submarines, the Addic Type 128 sonar and up to 40 depth bombs served. The ships had good seaworthiness, so they were widely used to escort convoys and landing operations in the Pacific and Indian Oceans throughout the war.

So, two 102-mm guns against sixteen 140-mm and 12 nodes against 21.

In general, as Vladimir Semenovich sang in the song, “the alignment before the fight is not ours, but we will play.” Indeed, nothing dawned on the Dutch-Indian-British, since the gentle disposition of the Japanese was already notorious for everyone.

Observers from the Bengal discovered an unknown ship, and the corvette commander, Lieutenant Commander William Wilson ordered the ship to be deployed towards the unknown, at the same time breaking the alert.

Then the second raider drew after the first, both ships went without flags, but the British completely recognized the Japanese auxiliary cruisers in the ships. Everything became sad.

Wilson knew perfectly well that he won’t be able to leave; the Japanese have a huge speed advantage. Therefore, the captain decided to detain the raiders and allow the tanker to escape. And he ordered on the radio "Ondine" to leave on their own, appointing a meeting point.
And he went to the last and decisive battle towards the raiders.

In general, the idea was not bad: to approach the enemy at a minimum distance in order to use their anti-aircraft guns. “I won’t kill, so I’ll perforate.” Apparently, Wilson forgot about the torpedo tubes from the Japanese, or simply did not know.

But the Japanese were also happy with this, they hoped to drown the annoying corvette, and capture the tanker and send it to the metropolis.

And the Japanese ships opened fire on the Bengal.

A very strange event happened here. We will never know how frostbitten the psycho was the captain of the tanker Willem Horsman, but he was a very peculiar comrade.

Instead of trying to hide, Horsman estimated the chances of success (12 nodes against 21) and also went into battle!

And what? There is a gun, ammunition (as many as 32 shell !!!), gunners are British professionals, dying in battle is much better than rotting in a Japanese concentration camp or entertaining samurai as an object of torture.

And Horsman gives the command to go into battle too!

In general, the team of the British Commonwealth and the Netherlands attacked the Japanese raiders.

As I suppose, the Japanese missed because they were strangled by laughter. You can’t call such an attack anything more than suicide. On the other hand, according to the code of samurai honor, everything was just luxurious, the crews of British ships played on the same field with the Japanese.

But how…

The third shot of the Ondina hits the Hokoku-maru cabin. The sixth shot of the Bengal flies in there. The Japanese have some confusion ...

“Aikoku-maru” also began to shoot at the “Bengal”, but to get into this trifle was not easy. But then something happened that put the situation on its head. Another shell hits the Hokoku Maru.

The debate about who got in was very long. It is clear who the crews of both ships stood for what they were, but in any case, the shell sent by the British gunners hit.

And he got not just somewhere, but into the starboard torpedo tube, which stood under the hinged platform on which the seaplane was located.

Both torpedoes in the vehicle, of course, exploded. The plane was thrown overboard, but flying away, he beat the barrels of fuel, the fuel spread and caught fire, and then flashed again. When the barrels of gasoline finally detonated, and from them the ammunition of the gun No. 3, which was also shot.

In short, such an indicative video on the topic of fire safety.

As a result of the fireworks, a hole was formed in the stern of the starboard side, reaching the waterline. The Hokoku Maru began to roll to the starboard side and gradually sink. Although the Japanese did not stop shooting at the Bengal, and in the end, they still hit.

True, the British planted several more shells in the Hokoku-maru cabin, but this did not have any significant impact. In general, everything went well, the raider not only burned, but they could not put out it at all.

"Hokoku-maru" was not built as a military and therefore did not have the required number of internal bulkheads, and the fire extinguishing system was not designed to burn in hundreds of liters aviation petrol. As a result, the fire caused by gasoline reached the engine room, and soon all the ship's power supply failed.

The Hokoku Maru left the battle and stopped shooting.

At Bengal, it was decided that it was time to tear the claws, because the Aikoku-maru was unharmed, but the shells on the corvette were over. Because the British decided that enough was enough, they tried to hide behind the smoke screen, but the smoke buoys did not work. And the Japanese began to pursue the corvette, while at the same time trying to get into it, at least for the sake of decency.

Hit. The shell exploded in the stern, in officer cabins. There were no casualties, as the officers were busy, there was a fire that could quickly put out.

The Japanese were in a difficult position. On the one hand, the Bengal showed a desire to get out of the party, it turned out to get into the tiny corvette, but on the corvette they still managed to turn on the smoke. On the other hand, Ondina also gathered somewhere in the direction of the horizon. But the raiding comrade obviously didn’t feel very well.

About an hour after the start of the battle, Captain Imazato, the commander of the Hokoku-maru, received extremely unpleasant news that the fires were not only not put out, but he was also approaching the stern artillery cellar.

Captain Imazato ordered the crew to leave the ship, but not everyone managed to do this, because literally a few minutes later the Hokoku-maru exploded. A column of smoke and flame rose a hundred meters, and when the smoke cleared, only small fragments remained on the surface of the sea. Of the 354 crew members, 76 was lost, including the ship's commander.

The Japanese were frankly shocked by this situation, and ... they missed the Bengal, which under cover of a smoke screen managed to leave.

Captain Wilson ordered to find out the damage. Of the approximately two hundred 140-mm shells fired at Bengal, only two hit the ship. Accordingly, all add-ons were cut by fragments, there were two holes above the waterline, the demagnetization winding was damaged, but all 85 crew members were intact. No one was even injured.

Not finding the “Ondine” at the meeting point, Wilson ordered to move to the island of Diego Garcia. There Wilson reported that Ondine had died.

The British command appreciated the battle of Bengal and all sailors were awarded, and Wilson received the Order of Outstanding Merit.

Since the damage to the Bengal was very slight, after a short cosmetic repair, he continued his service. At the end of the war he remained in the Indian Navy and for a long time served in it as a patrol ship. Bengal was sent for scrapping only in the 1960 year.

And with Ondina, everything was somewhat contrary to Wilson's report. The Aikoku-maru, having lost sight of the Bengal, turned back, deciding to deal with the tanker, which nevertheless got several shells.

Naturally, the raider easily caught up with the tanker, which had already shot its huge ammunition from 32 shells. The Aikoku-maru opened fire virtually point-blank, and Captain Horsman, being an original man, but not crazy, ordered to stop the tanker and raise the white flag, and the crew to leave the ship.

Unfortunately, while the flag was lowered and the white flag was hoisted, the Japanese managed to release a few more shells. The latter fell into the wheelhouse, and a brave Dutch captain was killed.

The team was able to launch three lifeboats and two rafts, and began to move away from the doomed ship.

The Aikoku-maru went up a couple of cables to the Ondin and fired two torpedoes into its starboard side. The tanker banked at 30º after the explosions, but remained afloat.

The Japanese, meanwhile, took up their usual sport, that is, shooting boats. They fired, I must say, very badly. About the same as for ships made of guns. Apart from the captain, four of the Ondina crew died: a senior mechanic and three drivers.

Having finished having fun shooting at the unarmed crew of the tanker, the Japanese sailors decided that they should deal with the rescue of their colleagues from the drowned Hokoku-maru.

Perhaps this is precisely what saved the Ondina team from total destruction. In addition, the Japanese were clearly nervous, not being sure that the British ships had not given alarms and that British or Australian cruisers were not rushing to the area.

Therefore, having caught the remnants of the crew of the failed raider from the water, they discovered on the Aikoku-maru that the tanker stubbornly did not want to sink. Then on the "Ondine" fired the last available torpedo and ... missed !!!

In principle, it is logical if the Japanese really began to get nervous.

It could have been finished off with guns, but the captain of Aikoku-maru Tomotsu decided that it would do. The tanker sooner or later, but will drown, because the raider turned around and went to Singapore.

But Ondine did not sink. When the Aikoku-maru hid behind the horizon, a serious discussion broke out in the dangling boats on the waves. The first assistant captain, Rehvinkel, who took over the command, ordered the team to return to the tanker and take up rescue.

People had to be persuaded for quite some time, and not without reason, since a fairly battered ship could sink at any moment.

However, the team was matched by its captain, and a group of volunteers under the command of the second assistant Bakker and engineer Leys boarded. It turned out that everything is not so bad: the car is not damaged, the bulkheads are intact, and the flow of water can be stopped.

Although, of course, the Japanese did a good job of Ondin. Six shells hit the tanker: two in the bow, three in the bridge and superstructure, and another in the mast. And two torpedoes on board.

In the end, we decided to fight for survivability. The fire was extinguished, patches started, the roll was straightened by counter-flooding of the compartments.

After 6 hours of insane work, a marine diesel was launched and Ondina dragged back to Australia.

The tanker did not know anything about the fate of the Bengal, which played a cruel joke. Ondina requested help on air in clear text, since all secret ciphers and codes were thrown overboard before the crew left the ship.

Since the Bengal crew had already reached the base and reported that the Ondine was Khan, the radiograms asking for help were perceived as a trap from the insidious Japanese. And it was decided not to respond to calls. Although in fact one could send a warship, but apparently, nothing was suitable in that area.

A week later, on November 17, a wrecked tanker was discovered by a patrol aircraft 200 miles from Fremantle. and the next day entered Fremantle's harbor, breaking 1400 miles in a week.

Noteworthy finale stories.

I already said about the Bengal and its crew, it turned out almost the same with Ondina. The entire calculation of the 102-mm tanker guns was awarded the Dutch bronze cross, and Captain Horsman was posthumously awarded the title of Knight of the Military Order of William 4-class.

Considering how the Japanese finished the tanker, they decided not to restore it, but turned it into a gas station for American submarines, deleting them from the fleet lists and putting them on jokes in Exmouth Bay on the west coast of Australia, where there was a base for American submariners.

However, already in the 1944 year, when the theater of operations began to expand, a shortage of tankers began to supply troops and ships. Ondin decided to revive and repair. And the tanker went for repair in the USA, and had to crawl for almost three months!

They repaired the Ondine in Tampa, Florida, and did it quite qualitatively, so the tanker served until the 1959 of the year and was scrapped only a year earlier than the Bengal.

More, however, the ships did not meet.

But who was unlucky was Aikoku-maru. After returning to Singapore, the ship was sent to Rabaul. There, the raider was actually demoted from the cruisers, disarmed and used further as a transport. It was sunk in the lagoon of Truk Island (Caroline Islands, Micronesia) during Operation Hilston by US aircraft.

Captain Oishi Tomotsu spent six months under investigation, in April 1943 of the year he was removed from the post of commander of the vessel and transferred to the coastal service.

In conclusion.

And it is not for nothing that they say that the gods patronize the brave and courageous. In fact, the suicide attack of the corvette and the tanker on the auxiliary cruisers turned into a triumph of the fighting spirit of the British sailors and their allies and simply a terrible humiliation of the Japanese.

Did the case help? There are no such cases. Accurate sight, not trembling hands and all the rest - and here is the result.

There was something like this, Nashensky, in this battle. Therefore, as a demonstration of respect for the British, Dutch, Indians and Chinese, he put this epigraph to this story.
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  1. tlauicol 13 November 2019 06: 09 New
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    Aikoku Maru at the end of a career am
    1. Civil 13 November 2019 08: 10 New
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      The Japanese connection, in this case, clearly demonstrated a complete lack of connection with reality. This is a common misfortune of propagandized societies, instead of seeing the real they see the imaginary. From this "yes we have them with one left."
      1. Eroma 30 November 2019 21: 34 New
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        And what is the lack of connection with reality? winked Japanese ships did the work for which these ships were converted. Their adversary, this is prey and all the alignments were in favor of the Japanese wink
        Only Anglo-Saxons are really lucky guys! They have enough recklessness to rush into a well-groomed attack and in such attacks they are really favored by fortune love
        This fight is one of many examples! The victory of the USA near Attola Midway: the Japanese had an overwhelming superiority and confidently discharged with this superiority, but missed one hit the only blow, the last remaining US aircraft, in the amount of 36 dive bombers! Kotorye destroyed the entire carrier fleet in one hit! angry this is not possible to repeat!
  2. Korsar4 13 November 2019 06: 14 New
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    Thank. A very beautiful story.
  3. bubalik 13 November 2019 06: 17 New
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    ,,, an interesting episode, as presented by the author, is very chic and easy to read good
    1. 210ox 13 November 2019 09: 16 New
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      Bravo, Roman! I read it in one breath. I was there in that fight! I also want to tell many of our colleagues on the site who consider American, British, etc. military some kind of cowards. This is far from it. The truth was all. For example, the surrender of Singapore. But by and large they fought with dignity.
      1. Land pumped up in Singapore. ,, Crushed ,, the Japanese commander ... And the fleet? The British ,, trendsetters, have been for centuries. And technology and people. ,, Dreadnought ,, was a guideline for all the fleets of the world, but even on the ship in the form of the Royal Navy equaled many. Those Japanese studied with the British. We learned and, sorry, built, first the Chinese, and then the Russians. At the turn of XIX and
        XX centuries.
        It’s as if neskretn - bring up decent citizens of the Fatherland on Traditions and difficulties, using a non-fun and real pry. And there will be a result! And your state can become great. How Britain became Great Britain. It’s a matter of “small” - who from PEOPLE in your country took this seriously, to whom it was interesting.
        On the spirit of the nation of St. George. Perhaps on this site and read. British retirees, men and women, came to sea at pokatushki. A little storm happened. Shook many to the finish line ... Tired, ,, green ,, but HAPPY got to the place. Thanks to the organizers.
        The British know this. We need to know - traders are not gentlemen
      2. Aviator_ 16 November 2019 21: 58 New
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        Americans then and Americans now are two big differences. 15 years ago, the Chinese forced the Amerov reconnaissance aircraft to land neatly at their airfield. Then, still alive, my father immediately remembered - during the Korean War, he saw a pair of our MiGs bring an RB-29 reconnaissance aircraft to the airport in Andun. Not only did Amerikos throw a container of equipment over the sea, he also sat on his belly very roughly to damage the car as much as possible.
  4. Rurikovich 13 November 2019 06: 57 New
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    It is easy to read, interesting, but the author should have been more meticulous in finding out the performance characteristics of the heroes so as not to mislead the readers. Because the victims of the exam will certainly not climb to seek the truth and will take everything in word ....
    Belgal was a minesweeper! it was a minesweeper, and not some kind of sloop or corvette there. The fact that they were used differently does not mean that they ceased to be minesweepers. "Corvettes" appeared already at the height of the war and were imprisoned precisely under the PLO and air defense. And even some of them were equipped with minesweeping equipment, but no one called them minesweepers. The same are Kingfisher or ships of the Kil type.
    Further, in many publications, the Bengal armament indicates a “76 mm gun, and not a 102 mm gun. Yes, in this series many ships were armed with a 102 mm gun ... BUT, 4 ships of early construction for the Indian Navy, one of which was a "Bengal", it was armed with a 76-mm gun! And it is worth pointing out that the ships were Australian-built.
    In general, it’s good to popularize the history of the fleet, but you need to be more scrupulous in preparing the article, because it is not only read by victims of the exam hi smile Anyway, a plus. Because with the "disappearance" of A&Ch, there was practically nothing to read about the history of the fleet .... request
    1. Leopold 13 November 2019 08: 07 New
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      It would be worth explaining where and where the convoy was going. Did he carry out some kind of task? request
      Andrei hi
      1. bubalik 13 November 2019 08: 20 New
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        hi In early November 1942, a Dutch tanker was moored in Fremantle, on the west coast of Australia, after unloading a load of oil products. The next destination was Abadan in Persia. The tanker loaded several hundred tons of grain as cargo. In Fremantle, the 33-year-old Willem Horsman became the new captain of Ondine. The remaining officers on board also had Dutch citizenship, but most of the crew consisted of Chinese. The gunners aboard the Ondine were British and Australians. On the “Ondin” there was also a sailor from the crew of the “Bengal”, who did not have time to board his ship, sailed shortly before the “Ondina”. In total, onboard the Ondina there was a crew of 56 people.
        It was planned that the “Ondine” and “Bengal” will be divided in Diego Garcia on the Chagos archipelago south of the Maldives. On 5 on November 1942, two Allied ships sailed from Fremantle. At average speed in 10 nodes, the transition promised to be long and boring.
        1. Leopold 13 November 2019 08: 46 New
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          Thanks, namesake. hi Now it’s clear why the tanker did not explode or burn out. And the fact that he returned back, and “Bengal” left on the route.
    2. your1970 13 November 2019 19: 46 New
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      Quote: Rurikovich
      of which the Bengal was, were armed precisely 76-mm a tool!

      As an artilleryman, a laborer never recognized a trifle lol repeat with their "pencils" - shells ...

      But climb with ONE (!!!!!!!!) fly swatter against 16 140- mm, to sink the ship of the enemy, and even to remain alive, is the height of courage, arrogance and good luck ....
      1. Rurikovich 13 November 2019 20: 34 New
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        But to climb with ONE (!!!!!!!!) fly swatter against 16 140 mm

        In fairness, it must be said that there were 5 barrels in each side volley, so in total against 10 ... smile But ... Insolence multiplied by the frankly gagging of the Japanese, plus the frank Fortune, loving the weakest - and we get what happened.
        I once sketched an article on accidents in battles at sea, but because of its technical non-deertalism in the field of handling a computer, it did not go through moderation when compiling the material ... So I mentioned this fight ...
        The fact is (in this case) that the “fly swatter”, due to its rate of fire at a close (relatively) distance of the battle with sensible calculation, can plant its entire ammunition in the enemy. Indeed, in maritime affairs, it is important WHERE the projectile hits the enemy ... And in the era of the end of the 19th century, when pistol distances of 2-3 km were considered normal distances on ships, there were a lot of small-caliber guns. It was believed that due to the rate of fire they can cause great damage, especially in skirmishes of unarmored warriors. So on our same "goddesses" with a displacement of 6500 tons. (Roughly) crammed as many as 24 "fly swatter" to the detriment of the main caliber.
        So the minesweeper, under a successful combination of circumstances, could bring at least some thread damage to unarmored Japanese raiders. But .... the shell that hit the torpedo tube confirms that luck loves the brave hi
    3. Charlie 14 November 2019 16: 55 New
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      And where, by the way, A&H disappeared
      1. Rurikovich 14 November 2019 17: 11 New
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        No time due to busy
  5. Rusfaner 13 November 2019 07: 39 New
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    Our fellow countryman, Talgat Begeldinov, an attack aircraft, following "home" on a badly damaged Ile (alone!), Was spotted by some famous German ace on Bf-109. The attack aircraft crawled so quiet and low that the “Fritz”, wanting to bring it down, even flipped flaps, but (!) Begeldinov improbably deployed the IL-2, almost in place, and met a Messer from cannons and machine guns, and shot it down! Pilots will confirm - this is a miracle, multiplied by the skill of the pilot!
    "In a critical situation, you will not rise to the level of your expectations, but you will fall to the level of your training." (with)
    The British were largely lucky, but with luck they very weightily added their courage and skill! And the Japanese were given the "glass ..." in their hands, but they "broke" it with their crooked hands ...
    1. Manas manas 13 November 2019 10: 53 New
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      You're right! Only Russians are capable of a feat! The rest are not a priori capable of this. And if something like this happens, it’s by chance or cowardice of the other side!
    2. michell 14 November 2019 18: 15 New
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      but they "broke" him with their crooked hands ...


      And cut themselves pretty ...
  6. bubalik 13 November 2019 08: 07 New
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    And Horsman gives the command to go into battle too!


    Captain V. Horsman


    Artillery crew of the Ondin tanker




    Damage "Ondine"
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  7. bubalik 13 November 2019 08: 40 New
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    The plane was thrown overboard


    Mitsubishi F1M aircraft aboard the Aikoku-maru


    A stamp issued in honor of the heroic battle
  8. bubalik 13 November 2019 09: 05 New
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    People had to be persuaded for quite some time, and not without reason, since a fairly battered ship could sink at any moment.

    ,,, in the boat with Rechvinkel, only the sailor Visser was ready to accompany him. The rest, the Chinese crew members, refused to go, because they were afraid that the Ondin would still drown.
    ,,, Second Assistant Bakker, together with engineer Leys, Australian gunner Hammond and British gunner Ryan, boarded the ship, which was still burning in several places. Baker and the gunners began pumping water into several tanks, which slowly leveled the Ondin. Lace examined the engine room and found that the diesel engine was still operational. A powerboat was sent for other lifeboats and rafts, and Leys and Bakker went to the bridge, where the fire was still burning. The fire was extinguished, after which they carried the captain's body to his cabin ,,,

    Ship bell "Ondines"
    1. Catfish 13 November 2019 14: 04 New
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      Hello, Sergey! Great additions to the article! I read about this battle with A. Patients, Rurikovich correctly noticed here that the “Bengal” was a minesweeper and that his gun was not 102, but 76 mm.
      I was always struck by the courage of the British sailors in the performance of their military duty, remember how the British auxiliary cruisers rushed towards the German raiders (real cruisers and battleships) and died under their fire, giving the escort guarded by them at least for some time to disperse. And here, the brave Dutch did not disappoint, there is something to be proud of posterity. For the Japanese, this is a fight, and a real shame, it’s like a child knocked an adult uncle in the ass. Captain “Aikoku” needed to make hara-kiri right on the bridge, less shame ...
      1. bubalik 13 November 2019 14: 23 New
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        Greetings, Konstantin hi
        Notice how they fired, elegantly simple: the calculation of Bakker, who was the artillery commander on the Ondin, from the third shot good planted on the cabin and it’s at sea !!

        ,,, and the Japanese belay
        Of the approximately two hundred 140-mm shells fired at Bengal, only two hit the ship.
        ,,, I’m silent about torpedoes lol
        1. Catfish 13 November 2019 14: 32 New
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          ,,, I’m silent about torpedoes


          No, why, why, "keep quiet", yet two Japanese torpedoes worked as they should ... for British sailors. good laughing laughing
          1. bubalik 13 November 2019 15: 10 New
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            Sea Cat (Constantine)


            This battle reminded me how
            Cosmos II

            Hardegen on the U-123 on drove yes
            1. Catfish 13 November 2019 15: 25 New
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              And what was there and how? I don’t remember something. Tell me at least in brief.
              1. bubalik 13 November 2019 15: 33 New
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                He repaired the Hardegen diesel, the depth did not allow it to go under the water, he spent all the torpedoes on, and here the 16 966 tons depot !!! went to the ram. They go on the same diesel engine, floating base behind them with a stroke difference in the 1 node. Two hours followed laughing They still fixed the diesel and pulled away yes
                1. Catfish 13 November 2019 15: 45 New
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                  But what, at the naval base of the gun was not? But still, they drove underwater eagles. wink
                  1. bubalik 13 November 2019 15: 47 New
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                    did not have!! and they followed them at a distance of 400m 2 hours, while they were feverishly repaired on the boat. smile
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                      Our guys give! With bare hands on a warship, go and the whole team was exhausted because of the inability to get a parasite! The film would have to be shot about it, but now, come on, there is already nobody ...
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                        ,,, Norwegian guys winked
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                        Anyway, respect and respect. good Norway has somehow never been connected with space, so it burst by inertia. laughing
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      I was always struck by the courage of British sailors in the performance of their military duty, remember how the British auxiliary cruisers rushed towards the German raiders (we
      ,,, and the battle of the cargo ship “Stephen Hopkins”, armed with one 4-inch gun of the period of the First World War and two 37-mm anti-aircraft guns, which was sunk by the German raider “Shtir” ?!
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        Yes, I know about this fight. What can I say, literally tracing the battle of "Bengal" with the Japanese. good
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          ,,, and the battle of the cargo ship “Stephen Hopkins”, armed with one 4-inch gun of the period of the First World War and two 37-mm anti-aircraft guns, which was sunk by the German raider “Shtir” ?!

          Moreover, after the battle, the rescued members of the Stephen Hopkins crew on a boat reached Brazil, having covered 2200 miles in a month and lost only 4 out of 19 people.
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            Worthy people and real sailors. soldier
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              ,,, but about the Arctic convoys?
              ,,, the Azerbaijan tanker was carrying a load of linseed oil from England in the PQ 17 caravan, was attacked, got a hole and flared up.
              But they managed to put out the fire and refused to evacuate, they came to Arkhangelsk.

              ,,, the bulk carrier "Old Bolshevik" with a load of shells and explosives in the caravan PQ 16. They refused to evacuate, put out the fire, the convoy caught up!
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                The convoy captain raised the Bolshevik signal "Well done" - the highest approval in the Navy.
    3. Alexey RA 13 November 2019 17: 07 New
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      Quote: Sea Cat
      I have always been struck by the courage of British sailors in the performance of their military duty

      Endure to the end. We can and must overcome them. To build a new ship, it takes 3 years to create a new tradition, it takes 300 years.

      © Fleet Admiral Andrew Brown Cunningham (or simply ABC).

      You can still recall the “New Year’s fight” when the five English EMs (including the anti-aircraft defense, armed with only 102-mm guns) got in the way of the Hipper and three German EMs - and didn’t miss them to the convoy before the Sheffield KRL approach "and" Jamaica ", finally drove the Germans.
      This battle was also marked by the fantastic accuracy of the Lyuttsov’s shooting at the ships of the convoy - being 30 kbt from the nearest vessel, the Panzerschiffe fired 87 mm shells and 280 mm shells, but it never hit. laughing
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        Endure to the end. We can and must overcome them. To build a new ship, it takes 3 years to create a new tradition, it takes 300 years.


        I don’t remember exactly, but in my opinion Churchill said that "it’s easier for us to build a new ship than to prepare a new team." I can not vouch for the accuracy of the quote, but the meaning was just that.
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        Quote: Alexey RA
        This battle was also marked by the fantastic accuracy of Lyuttsov’s shooting at the ships of the convoy - being 30 kb from the nearest vessel, the Panzerschiffe fired 87 mm shells and 280 mm shells, but never hit

        Well, according to other sources, the Luttsov shells launched the Bramble minesweeper, and then, when firing at the convoy, the Panamanian bulk carrier Kalobre received its shell. The convoy delivered a smoke screen and disgusting visibility in the North Atlantic in winter, plus stormy weather. And since the approached light cruisers Sheffield and Jamaica were even stronger than the counterpart “Count Spee” of the first generation, then “Luttsov preferred to leave, after saying goodbye to the EM“ Akates ”....
        So in those difficult conditions, the Luttsov’s gunners seemed to fall smile hi
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          Well, according to other sources, Luttsov’s shells launched the Bramble minesweeper,

          “Bramble” was drowned in two passes. First, “Hipper” flew to the TV: 6 minutes of fire - and the SRT went about its business. And the destroyers finished off the battlefield.
          Quote: Rurikovich
          Then, when firing at the convoy, the Panamanian bulk carrier Kalobre received its shell. The convoy delivered a smoke screen and disgusting visibility in the North Atlantic in winter, plus stormy weather.

          Judging by Pope, the actions of “Luttsov” do not lend themselves to any explanation at all. According to the plan, the Hipper group was supposed to tie the KOH escort in battle, and the Lyuttsov group was to attack the defenseless KOH ships. “Hipper” fulfilled its task - all EM escorts fought with him. “Luttsov” went unnoticed on KOH from the opposite side from “Hipper”, approached 3 miles and began to write out circles, trying to wait for better visibility. Instead of closing the distance and beating for sure with artillery and torpedoes. Then, “Lyuttsov” for some reason began to bypass KOH from the east, going to join with “Hipper”. And only after that he opened fire on the convoy - from 9 miles. By the way, Pope writes that at the same time, “Kalobr” received fragmentation damage. But here, “Luttsov” did not begin to get closer to KOH - and continued to move to “Hipper”. Despite the fact that the task of the Lyuttsov group was precisely the destruction of the convoy vessels, and not the support of the Hipper.
          The end is a little predictable - “Luttsov” went to “Sheffield” and “Jamaica”, started a shootout with them, and after the British broke the contact - went to base.
          Quote: Rurikovich
          "Luttsov preferred to leave, after saying goodbye to the EM" Akates "....

          “Akatees”, it seems, he sank himself - having exhausted all measures for BZZH. For the happiness of the team, the Nofern Gem trawler was nearby, and he picked up everyone he could.
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            The “Hipper” side approached 3 miles - and began to write circles, trying to wait for better visibility. Instead of closing the distance and beating for sure with artillery and torpedoes. Then, “Lyuttsov” for some reason began to bypass KOH from the east, going to join with “Hipper”. And only after that opened fire


            F. Ruge explains all these unintelligible maneuvers of “Luttsov” by the fact that they did not know where the “Hipper” was on the bridge and, in view of the complete absence of any visibility, they were afraid to stick the shell into their own cruiser. Actually, Ruge is characterized by a manner of at least somehow explaining the incomprehensible maneuvers of his ships in battle, and blocking the Kriegsmarine even in hindsight.
            And I was always surprised by the indecision of the commanders of German surface ships and their kind of "British fear".
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              F. Ruge explains all these unintelligible maneuvers of “Luttsov” by the fact that they did not know where the “Hipper” was on the bridge and, in view of the complete absence of any visibility, they were afraid to stick the shell into their own cruiser.

              A good explanation - and I see going in the center of the Hipper convoy. smile
              Quote: Sea Cat
              Actually, Ruge is characterized by a manner of at least somehow explaining the incomprehensible maneuvers of his ships in battle, and blocking the Kriegsmarine even in hindsight.

              So ... by and large, for this purpose memoirs are also written.
              Quote: Sea Cat
              And I was always surprised by the indecision of the commanders of German surface ships and their kind of "British fear".

              The Reich had too few ships, and the high command was too afraid to lose them. Plus, the WWI crushed the Germans - then, after Jutland, the HZF turned to the base at the first information about the release of the Global Fund. In short, Jutland Syndrome.

              А the king has a lot.
              Do you need to nail German EMs that have settled in the fjord, but their EMs can’t cope? Yes, no questions, now we will drive a whole battleship to the Germans to visit. In response, the Germans were rolled out, and the battleship returned whole, although it was simply obliged to receive several torpedoes in the fjord.
              There are two short links ahead, and you just have a modernized battlecruiser of the pre-Dutch project? So you have to attack! And now, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau are escaping from Rinaun. smile
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                So you have to attack! And now, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau are escaping from Rinaun. smile


                That's it, and this is given the "cardboard" armor of the Englishman. I once liked the malice of A. Patients with whom he described this very "Jutland Syndrome". Look at two real battles (not with convoys), when neither the Spee commander, nor those who stood in the Bismarck cabin had an elementary determination to finish the job. I am not an Anglophile or a Germanophobe, but here everything is visible in full view.
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                  ,,, Scharnhorst, who was frightened by the Chilean cargo ship during Operation ,, Berlin ""
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                  Quote: Sea Cat
                  Look at two real battles (not with convoys), when neither the Spee commander, nor those who stood in the Bismarck cabin had an elementary determination to finish the job.

                  Bismarck has special chances finish the job did not have. Just because he wouldn’t have caught up with the “Prince”: the British deprived Bismarck of 1/6 boilers with just one hit and organized him trim and roll with partial exposure of the screw during the battle. In addition, the patch, later applied to the hole, could not withstand shaking from its own volleys and long course.
                  In addition, climbing into the smoke curtain if there are two SRTs with their TAs is the best way to send the only LC to Kriegsmarine to the bottom (in fact TAs were only on one SRT, but in order to understand this it was necessary to accurately identify the "county", and not only a series, and a specific ship in it).
                  As for “Spee,” at the time of leaving the battle he used up, 2/3 BC, EMNIP, severely damaging only one KR from the Harwood group. Would he manage to inflict critical damage on the remaining Linder pair before the shells would end? Or would they, keeping a long distance, imitating the approach to the opening line of fire and maneuvering with Spee volleys, force him to aimlessly shoot the entire BC at them? what
                  1. Catfish 14 November 2019 19: 30 New
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                    Well, “Exeter” was already in such a state that it was possible to finish it off with one salvo, and not even the main caliber. Half of the Ajax artillery (or Achilles?) Was disabled and they no longer required such close attention. The fact of the matter is that von Langsdorf simply did not have the determination to bring the matter to an end.
                    And about the “Bismarck” I’ll return to the same Ruge, who better know about his fleet of his time no matter how he does. He openly wrote that the opportunity to end the “Prince” in this battle was missed. And he says that the admiral released “Eugene” after he himself left the battle, of all the damage to the battleship, he only talks about the unmasking oil trail and nothing more. I am somehow inclined to trust him more than to cabinet historians who did not know war. But this is just my opinion. request
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                      Quote: Sea Cat
                      The fact of the matter is that von Langsdorf simply did not have the determination to bring the matter to an end.

                      Konstantin hi , I read somewhere that no matter where they offered to solve the problem that Langsdorf fell into, it was practically unsolvable everywhere with those introductory notes that appeared on the morning of December 13, 1939. Let's see what was hypothetically after the fight in Langsdorf’s head
                      The choice was not great: since the British “hung” tightly on the tail, one should either wait for the darkness and try to break away from them, or leave for the neutral port, repair the damage and, breaking through the blockade, hide in the ocean. In the past, a torpedo specialist, the commander of the "Admiral Graf Spee" clearly did not want a night battle. Although the "pocket battleship" had a radar, its sector of action was limited to nasal angles; besides, it was impossible to say with certainty that the enemy did not have the same device. Short-range artillery fire could be effective on both sides. "Admiral Graf Spee" had a chance to sink one of the opponents with just a couple of volleys, but, at the same time, could get a flurry of 6-inch shells, after which a successful return home became extremely problematic. The ability to hide in the dark was balanced by the probability of getting an enemy torpedo from several cable ones, which also finally decided the fate of the raider.

                      Let's look at the damage of "Count Spee"
                      Two 203-mm and eighteen 152-mm shells that hit him did not cause fatal injuries. The main artillery "Admiral Graf Spee" remained fully operational: despite three direct 6-inch hits in the towers, a solid reservation was so reliable that they did not even temporarily stop firing. Light artillery suffered more: one 150-mm gun was completely out of order, and the ammunition supply lifts to the others were damaged. Of the three 105-mm installations in operation, only one remained. There were also minor flooding through holes in the cladding in the bow, but the ship had no heel or trim, and its energy was in perfect order. Of the nearly 1200 people on the team, 1 officer and 35 privates were killed, and another 58 were injured and poisoned, most of them lungs.

                      But serious was one hole in the waterline from a 152-mm shell in the bow, which could lead to flooding at full speed or with serious unrest.
                      Ammunition consumption
                      In fact, 414 HE shells, 377 150 mm and 80 anti-aircraft 105 mm shells were expended.) More than a third of 280 mm and about half of 150 mm ammunition remained at the disposal of the gunners.

                      So puzzle over what to do against the enemy, which is faster, more agile and against which there is no antidote, because having spent all the ammunition and not having achieved fatal injuries, you can already a priori put an end to your ship .. smile hi
                      So I agree with Alexey
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                      Andrei hi , the enemy of Langsdorf was already pretty beaten and he also had problems with ammunition. In addition to these two light cruisers, there was no other enemy in the region. You will say that Langsdorf did not know about this - rightly, but the British were not aware of the technical condition of the battleship and its ammunition. But in any case, the finals to which the commander of Spee came did not cause respect. Neither what he did to his ship, nor his own end in a hotel room. This is not a feat of the "Varyag". request
                      Yes, and the same Ruge writes that the hardships of cruising and the last battle morally broke Langsdorf and he could not bear the severity of the situation. And what he thought, in fact, no one will know.
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                      In any case, any commander looks at the situation based on the condition of his ship. Langsdorf drew conclusions not in favor of himself. So did the British - most likely seeing their shells and analyzing the behavior of the enemy, they realized that their tactics were bearing fruit. Therefore, it turned out that, seeing that the British were relentlessly hanging on their tail, Langsdorf made a passive decision. It is not yet known what you or I would do in such a situation. wink drinks
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                      Everything is logical, without having been in a similar situation, to judge someone dishonorably. smile drinks
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      And the destroyers finished off the battlefield.

      My data is from D. Woodworth. So there are enough variations on this topic. He has what I described smile
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    And six months before the events described, the same British courageous sailors boldly fled from the squadron with Tirpitz. Although yes, the fault is still on the First Lord.
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      After this story, American sailors refused to go ashore, saying that they were "ashamed to look into the eyes of port whores." It seems that it was the Washington battleship team. Well, this is according to V.S. Pikulyu, and he always had problems with the veracity of the presentation. request
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    And it is not for nothing that they say that the gods patronize the brave and courageous.

    Not in vain.

    Thanks to the author for an interesting story: did not know her hi
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    I read an article about Bengal in 1990 in the magazine "Model Designer," there, in addition to the feat, there is a description of the technical characteristics of the ship itself!
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      It was a deal. I read it too. There seemed to be a series of articles about minesweepers, and each article described the most remarkable battle. If not mistaken, the article was called the Bengal Tiger.
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        Yes everything is correct! The article "Bengal Tiger" was a very interesting article, informative and informative.
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    Recently, more and more interesting articles are written on the site about little-known naval battles. Reading them is very, very interesting. Please continue in the same vein!)))
  • Andy 13 November 2019 12: 35 New
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    I was sure that I was reading Kaptsov. but I liked the article
  • Sapsan136 13 November 2019 12: 51 New
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    According to my information, the minesweeper Bengal was armed and did 75 mm anti-aircraft guns at all ... But the battle incident from this only increases ...
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      According to my information, the minesweeper Bengal was armed and did 75 mm anti-aircraft guns at all ... But the battle incident from this only increases ...


      not english caliber
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        The British had three-inch ... On the same Dreadnought there were almost 30 units of three-inch
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          3 "is 76,2 mm
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            According to Wikipedia on the Dreadnought it is 75 mm ...
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              no, this is not an English caliber, it was 76.2 mm on the Dreadnought
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                Do not argue with me, but with Wikipedia ... and engineer Kofman, who wrote articles in the Maritime Collection ...
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                    It’s up to you to believe what literature, but 75 or 76 mm, it doesn’t matter ... About British infantry rifles they also write differently ... In one literature, LeeEnfield’s caliber is indicated in 7,71 mm, in the other 7,69 mm .. . I don’t see much difference, and be that as it may, a 75 mm HE shell will be approximately equal to 76 mm HE mine ...
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              According to Wikipedia on the Dreadnought it is 75 mm ...

              Highix ... even worse - in those days, the British continued to measure the caliber of small-caliber systems in pounds. And on the Dreadnought, in their opinion, 12 pounds stood as PMK - QF 12 pounder 18 cwt. smile
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      altogether 75 mm anti-aircraft gun

      Anti-aircraft gun, but 76mm / 40 hi
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      anti-aircraft guns.

      The anti-aircraft gun is usually long-range ....
  • Catfish 13 November 2019 14: 11 New
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    An interesting and largely instructive story. The ease of presentation and sense of humor to the author do not change. Thank. hi
    one battle of “Cormoran” against “Sydney” which is worth

    I read about this fight from Admiral F. Ruge, also the story of cunning, stupidity, and courage. Why not write a separate article about the Cormoran and its commander Detmers. Ah, Roman?
  • 1970mk 13 November 2019 14: 13 New
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    A month ago I read IT on another resource ...
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    WARSPOT.RU
    The feat of "Bengal" and "Ondines"
    Vladislav Goncharov September 11 '19
    The Bengal had tail number J243 and entered service with the Royal Indian Fleet on August 8, 1942. It belonged to the Bathurst-type corvettes that were being built in Australia and were destined for the Australian and Indian fleets. Officially, these ships were designated as "Australian Mine Minesweepers" (AMS), but were immediately designed as escort ships, most of them were not equipped with minesweepers.
    These were inexpensive ships of the mobilization project with a standard displacement of 650 tons and a full displacement of 1025 tons. Two steam engines of 2000 hp each. provided speeds of up to 15 knots. The armament could vary, but the usual set was one 102 mm Mk XIX gun (according to other sources, the corvette had only a 76 mm gun) and three 20 mm Erlikons; sometimes, instead of a single Erlikon, a 40 mm Bofors was placed, but it wasn’t on the Bengal. To combat submarines, the Type 128 sonar-addic and up to 40 depth charges were used. A total of 60 ships of this series were built, the average price was about 250 pounds. The ships had good seaworthiness, so they were widely used to escort convoys in the Indian Ocean.
  • serge siberian 13 November 2019 17: 42 New
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    It’s very interesting and informative. The captain of “Bengal” is not only a brave and courageous person, he’s also a strategist who knows his team very well. And the captain of “Odin” acted like a hero. with yap. hi
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    According to Wikipedia on the Dreadnought it is 75 mm ...


    give a link, now fix on Wikipedia
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    Thanks for the article, very interesting. I did not know about this fight ...
    In general, in addition to the described battle and "New Year's Shame," there were a number of episodes when the British showed determination and courage. Apparently, the morale of Nelson's heirs was strong. Traditions, however ... Offhand I recall the exploits of the destroyers Akast, Ardent, Glouorm, the first battle at Narvik, Rawalpindi. And in the Mediterranean Sea, as Italians were driven ...
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    You can not belittle the ability of the British to fight and their obstinacy. Otherwise, they would not have won the Battle of England. And yes, when the choice consists of "die" and "die, taking the enemy with you," normal people choose the second. The British could not know how the Yapis treated the prisoners.
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    Hehe ... As I always said, I don’t understand why scripts are written for war films. The truth is taken - and take it off until you turn blue ... The same Aty-bats and Only old men go into battle ... Or here ...
  • Bronek 14 November 2019 12: 30 New
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    Great story! But where is Nashensky here? Have we had such cases? I do not recall. We were all proud of Varyag, but now, with a more careful and sober examination of the case, it turns out that the story was not so brilliant
  • Pavel57 14 November 2019 13: 12 New
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    Written fun. We had a similar story about the battle of boats against German monitors in the Baltic.
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      Written fun. We had a similar story about the battle of boats against German monitors in the Baltic.

      Is this the case in which the MBC was driven away by the German destroyers?
      If so, then this story is a bike. According to the reports of the participants of that battle, everything was completely different: the German MM T-30 and T-31, having entered our SKA, immediately turned away, firing at the exit (according to German documents, they recognized our SKA as a TCA). Our boats also began to retreat due to the overwhelming superiority of the enemy. After the departure of SKA and MBK, our TKA went on the attack on MM, but the commander of the TKA division, abandoning the principle of massing forces, decided to attack MM with just one of his three units. The attack was repelled by MM artillery fire, no hits were reached. Then he attacked the second detachment - with the same result, because the German MM actively fought back.
      The Germans withdrew, but after some time they again tried to break through to Fr. The nerve. And only then, in the third attack, the katerniki hit the target with the whole team (who still had torpedoes), and from both sides. This attack was successful - two boats managed to "take in the pincers" of the MM T-31 and sink it.
  • 7,62h54 14 November 2019 14: 31 New
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    Thank. One of the most interesting stories on the VO.
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    So, two 102-mm guns against sixteen 140-mm and 12 nodes against 21.


    Personally, I have an association - brig Mercury (18 carronades) against Selime (110 guns) and Real Bay (74 guns). The epigraph is my favorite song by Vladimir Vysotsky.
  • An Tour 14 November 2019 23: 49 New
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    The Brig Mercury in 1829 defeated 2 Turkish frigates, each of which was 2 times larger than the Mercury! Brigu and his captain erected a monument in Sevastopol - the first in the city. The inscription is inscribed on it: “To Kazarsky. Offspring as an example! ”
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    The Brig Mercury in 1829 defeated 2 Turkish frigates, each of which was 2 times larger than the Mercury! Brigu and his captain erected a monument in Sevastopol - the first in the city. The inscription is inscribed on it: “To Kazarsky. Offspring as an example! ”


    The 110-gun Selimiye and the 74-gun Real Bay were not frigates, but full-fledged battleships
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    Many commendable words (deserved) are said in the comments about the British. But, I want to note that the crew of the English ship honorably fulfilled their military duty! They were obliged to protect the tanker. Dutch officers acted above debt. The tanker was not required to enter the battle, nevertheless entered.
    By the way, Australians, New Zealanders and Canadians heroically fought along with the British. We must give them credit.
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    Thanks, read in one go. I agree with comrades - British sailors are worthy of respect. when after Tsushima they said that this "end of the empire" was meant in the first place probably - the loss of naval officers.
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    Bold Fortune loves !!
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    Kazarsky’s fight on Mercury - YES!
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    Thank you for the article. Studying in air defense at azp 57, there was an exercise shooting at ground targets. There were many questions about this logic, but the colonel clearly answered, we won’t destroy the tank, but we will make a tractor out of it. I remember reading Petrukh to Italy sent sailors on galleys to study. Then the Swedish sailing vessel was lured in shallow water, and these galleys were uncoupled. The Swedes had problems with maneuverability, and with this shooting at the scarlet shells. We are waiting for the story from the author about the icebreaker Serebryakov. Listened on the radio, that's where the feat of our grandfathers!