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HMS Glowworm And HMS Jervis Bay

17 pages12 minutes


A short introduction to two stories of navy heroism in World War Two.

At the start of the war, HMS Glowworm was on patrol near Norway when it encountered the German invasion force. Unable to retreat, it took on and severely damaged the much larger German Battleship Admiral Hipper.

HMS Jervis Bay, a converted liner, was the convoy escort for convoy HX84, which was ambushed by the Pocket Battleship Admiral Scheer. It fought a lone action against the battleship to buy time for the convoy to scatter. HX84 also contained other heroes: The Beaverford, the San Demetrio and the Stureholm among them.

Both actions were awarded the Victoria Cross for extreme valour.

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