Honored by One's Enemy

Lyons, Chuck
January 2010
Military History;Jan2010, Vol. 26 Issue 5, p21
The article features Lieutenant Commodore Gerard Roope of the British Royal Navy. Roope was 35 years old when he took the Her Majestys' Service(HMS) Glowworm into the Norwegian Sea, where it was part of the escort for the HMS Renown for the mine-laying operations off Norway. On April 8, 1940, the Glowworm encountered the German destroyers Bernd von Arnim, Hans Lüdemann and Hipper, which defeated the Glowworm including Roope and its one hundred ten members. Roope was one of the few that received the Victoria Cross on recommendation of an enemy.


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