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22 September 2013

22nd Sept 1943: 'longitudinals'

22 Wed. Mild, sunny afternoon but little warmth in it, rough, chilly N. wind. Shopping both locally and at Morden. Put up two longitudinals and palings towards the repair of the end garden fence; need some more wood to finish the job.

Tirpitz accompanied by destroyers in 1942
On this day: six British midget submarines set out on a mission to enter Norway's Altenfjord in order to fix explosives to the Tirpitz. Two submarines reach the German battleship, attaching eight tons of explosives that severely damaged the ship - which the Germans henceforth kept in Norway as a floating battery, not attempting to return it to Germany for repairs. It was finally sunk by Allied bombs on 12 November 1944. This is a link to a short contemporary newsreel of the 1944 attack. (First minute of 8 min film.)

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