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Lot:217 At 1545 [on 8 June 1940] they [H.M.S. Glorious and her escorts] were spotted by the German battleshi

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At 1545 [on 8 June 1940] they [H.M.S. Glorious and her escorts] were spotted by the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. With no aircraft in the air to provide an early warning, and despite a heroic, Victoria Cross-nominated defensive performance by the destroyers, escape proved impossible. By around 18:20, the valiant Acasta, last of the British ships still afloat, which had torpedoed Scharnhorst in a last gasp attack, sank, blazing, beneath the waves. Aboard Scharnhorst a film crew recorded the action and Glorious became perhaps the first major Royal Navy ship whose demise was seen in moving pictures, triumphantly displayed to the world only days later on the newsreel Die Deutsche Wochenschau. Some 900 men went into the cold, northern waters that evening and they faced a horrifying ordeal. Despite saluting their gallant foes, the German battleships did not stop to pick up survivors. The British, on the other hand, unaware that the three ships had been lost until the following day, even continued to radio orders to them until the Germans announced the sinkings. Hour after hour men waited in the water and in open rafts as their shipmates slipped away around them. When Norwegian vessels finally found them nearly three days later, only 40 remained alive. The death toll of 1,519 exceeded any of the other great British naval disasters of the war … An article by the naval historian Philip Weir, refers; see History Today, 8 June 2015. A tragic Loss of H.M.S. Glorious 1940 group of three attributed to Lieutenant-Commander C. J. T. Stephens, Royal Navy 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; War Medal 1939-45, sold together with a Royal Navy officers dirk mongrammed with the initials of the recipient, good very fine (3)

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