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September 23 - Focus: HMS Nigeria

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General

 

All events happened on a September 23 between 1939 and 1945

  • 11 ships were sunk by German U-boat for a total of 44,000 tons;

  • 25 U-boats were ordered, 4 laid down, 4 launched, and 6 commissioned;

  • 39 Allied boats or ships were laid down, 42 were launched, and 44 were commissioned.

1940 (focus point: HMS Nigeria)

  • On September 23, 1940, HMS Nigeria was commissioned.  A light cruiser of the Crown Colony class (Fiji-sub class), she was laid down on February 8, 1938, and launched on July 18, 1939.

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HMS Nigeria

 

On June 28, 1941, Nigeria and other British ships intercepted the Lauenburg , a German fishing trawler modified to provide weather reports.  The Lauenburg's crew abandoned ship after a warning shot was fired, and failed to completely destroy the Enigma enciphering device.

 

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Lauenburg about to be boarded by HMS Tartar

 

Later this year, Nigeria participated in operations in Norway, where she sank the Bremse, a German artillery training ship, who was escorting troop transports.  The Bremse sacrificed herself to allow the ships she was protecting to escape.  Nigeria was damaged during the incident, but there is a controversy about how it happened.  Some sources comment that Nigeria rammed Bremse, cutting her in half and was damage doing so, and others say that Nigeria was hit by a mine.

 

[Note]: Wikipedia reports that Nigeria was the flagship of Force K during that campaign, which doesn't compute, as (from what I know), none of the three Force K was operational when Nigeria was in Norway.  Help appreciated on that matter.

 

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Bremse

 

On August 11, 1942, a group of 11 Italian submarines set up an ambush off the coasts of Tunisia.  The Regia Marina and the Kriegsmarine had been made aware that a convoy would be incoming, bound for Malta, and known by the Allies as "Operation Pedestal".

 

Pedestal was a large convoy, heavily protected by 3 aircraft carriers (Eagle, Indomitable, and Victorious), 2 battleships (Nelson and Rodney), 3 cruisers (including Nigeria) and 12 destroyers.  The trap was set and the attack started on August 11, with an attack on HMS Eagle, sunk by the U-73.

 

On August 12, around 19:40, Axum, an Italian submarine spotted the convoy and its immediate escort.  Earlier that day, air attacks had taken a heavy toll on HMS Indomitable.  Axum went to periscope depth and launched a salvo of 4 torpedoes at a distance between 1,300 and 1,800 meters.  One of them hit Nigeria, who was severely damage, and had to head back to Gibraltar.  Only 5 out of 14 merchants made it to Malta.  The escort suffered the loss of 1 aircraft carrier, 2 cruisers, and 1 destroyer; as well as having 1 aircraft carrier and 2 cruisers damaged.

 

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HMS Nigeria after being torpedoed

 

Nigeria would survive the attack but would have to be sent to the United States to be repaired.  She would eventually be sent to the Eastern fleet, and survive the war.  She was then sold to the Indian Navy.

 

Recommended reading about Nigeria:

1941
  • On September 23, 1941, the Gangut-class Marat was hit and severely damaged while in Leningrad, only being saved because she was in shallow waters.  Most sources attribute the final blows to Hans-Ulrich Rudel.

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Soviet battleship Marat

The Marat is covered on this forum in this link.

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View PostTrionWolf, on 23 September 2013 - 03:17 PM, said:

Another great post man keep them coming! +1

I plan to (and thank you for the kind words).

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Wouldn't it be easier to create one Topic and title along the lines of say, "Today's WW2 Naval History Lesson", than to create topic after topic that are all related to a central topic, a.k.a "WW2 Naval History"?  This could be construed as duplicate topics.

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Case and point:

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(OFFICIAL SUB THREAD)... where every tidbit of data related to the subs resonates within it.  When people start new topics related to subs, they are shutdown, and redirected to this one topic.

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Perhaps an UNOFFICIAL NAVAL HISTORY preface in your topic title would do the trick.

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I loved the sub-topic index you created in the Battleship Era category.  This makes sense, and is easy for users to see what has been provided, and gives people ideas of what else has not been developed.

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http://forum.worldof...-forum-players/

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If you refocused your efforts with Naval History, you could also create an index in the original post, redirecting from the sub-topic index, to your newest installment.  This would reduce the new topic spam, and be a more meaningful thread, where people could navigate to each day in naval history.  It builds upon a better mouse trap.  If you continue to do it your way, a potential search would pull up literally hundreds of separate topics (threads), and the value of your posting loses its resource value.  No one is going to read all those threads.  However, if they were in a finely tuned index, I can see many people using it extensively.  As is, each thread loses its value after a day or so.

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Just an idea.

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