A War Crime By Any Other Name

Gray, Edwyn
July 2004
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Jul2004, Vol. 130 Issue 7, p62
Conference Proceeding
Italian frogmen launched a human torpedo attack on the British Mediterranean Fleet at anchor in the Egyptian harbor of Alexandria on the night of 18-19 December 1941. Britain's Far Eastern naval deterrent, the capital ships Prince of Wales and Repulse, had been sunk by Japanese torpedo bombers only a week earlier and during the previous month, one of Cunningham's three remaining battleships, HMS Barham, had been sent to the bottom in spectacular style by Hans-Dietrich Freiherr von Tiesenhausen's U-331.


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