Future top ace and Medal of Honor recipient David McCampbell trades caps with a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot after landing his Spitfire on USS WASP on this date in 1942. McCampbell was still a landing signal officer at this point of the war.
Fustest with the mostest.
In many ways, Forrest was a better cavalry commander than his better-known counterpart, JEB Stuart.
The Civil War produced some pretty capable amateur Generals.
Forrest was probably the most successful. John B. Gordon was a lawyer before the war, elected a militia company commander because he could read, he finished the war as a Corp Commander in the Army of Northern Virginia. In the Union Army John A. Logan, a Democrat political appointee commanded The Army of the Tennessee for a while after McPhersons death. He finished the war commanding a Corp in Sherman’s Army in the Carolina Campaign.
1941: 40 Allied ships steam west across the Atlantic, right into the jaws of a waiting wolfpack of German U-boats. U-110 and U-201 make a coordinated attack on the convoy, sinking three freighters. British escort vessels score hits on both subs, sending U-201 back to German pens for repair. U-110 is forced to surface, and the captain orders his crew to abandon ship as it appears the destroyer HMS Bulldog is preparing to ram the sub.
Further details on the capture
On May 9, 1941, seventy years ago today, the German submarines U110 and U201 were attacking a British convoy in the Atlantic south of Iceland. U110 was forced to surface after being depth changed and was abandoned by her crew who thought that the submarine was sinking. A boarding party from HMS Bulldog boarded the submarine and carried off its code books, ciphers and a Naval Enigma machine. The Enigma machine and the documents allowed Alan Turing and his codebreakers at Bletchley Park to break the German Naval Enigma code, an intelligence breakthrough which changed the course of the war in the Atlantic.
Bletchley Park opens U-110 Enigma exhibit
The exhibition contains photographs of the capture of the secret coding device of the U-boat 110 on 9 May 1941, as well as the first-hand account of the 20-year-old sub lieutenant who climbed into the U-boat to seize the documents and the factual material, providing a background to the story. Mercifully the much-derided Hollywood version of the story, U-571 which featured Americans and not Brits capturing the device doesnt get a look-in.
The exhibit also covers the story from the German side, with testimony from some of the U-boat survivors. Historian Hugh Sebag-Montefiore has added background material to provide context to the display.
The capture of the U-110 was crucial in breaking the naval Enigma code. Alan Turing and his Bletchley Park codebreakers were not at first able to break the naval Enigma code used by Germanys U-boats, but the capture of codebooks from U-110 provided vital clues that helped crack the code.
Thanks to Alaric Bond for passing the news along.
British sailors quickly seize the opportunity to board the fatally wounded submarine instead, grabbing the Enigma cipher machine and German code book. The British can now read the German Navys traffic a secret so closely guarded that the United States isnt informed until 1943.
To the left wing idiot who wrote that,
GO TO HELL
The Allies already possessed one Enigma machine, passed on by Polish Intelligence before the war started. What was needed were the internal rotors in the machines that were currently being used. A number of schemes had been devised to capture these but the boarding of U-110 came as an unexpected bonus.