NEWS FROM THE FRONT
No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.
21st May, 1941 : British reconnaissance aircraft sight the two German ships in the morning in harbour at Bergen on the west coast of Norway. Their position is immediately reported to the Admiral commanding the Home Fleet at Scapa Flow, the British fleet’s main base. The Home Fleet mobilises powerful forces – two battleships King George V and the brand new Prince of Wales, the battle-cruisers Hood, armed with 16-1n guns, carrying the flag of Vice-Admiral L.E.Holland, and Repulse, the aircraft carrier Victorious, cruisers Norfolk and Suffolk (already patrolling the Denmark Strait) and six destroyers.