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  • FUNNY NAVAL SIGNALS from WW2

    This is a personal collection I'd like to share with you all....just for laughs...ENJOY!

    1/ From HMS "Terror", a very old great war monitor, to the 'Protector', off Sidi Barrani, North Africa, 1941.....

    "AM PROCEEDING AT FULL SPEED TO YOUR ASSISTANCE. MY SPEED IS 4 KNOTS."


    2/From ship to submarine....

    'PLEASE SEND YOUR TECHNICAL EXPERT TO SEE OUR FOREMOST GUN'

    reply- OUR TECHNICAL EXOERT CAN SEE YOUR FOREMOST GUN FROM HERE'


    3/From submarine, returning from patrol to base....

    EXPECT TO ARRIVE 1800 IF FRIENDLY AIRCRAFT WILL STOP BOMBING ME.'


    4/ From senior officer to submarine apparently in difficulty.....

    WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

    reply- Learning a lot


    5/….October, 1940. Coastal Command aircraft is labouriously 'flashing to cruiser "Dunedin".....

    CC Aircraft: WHAT SHIP?

    Ship: Graf Spee.

    CC Aircraft: ARE YOU NAVAL TYPES SO FAST ASLEEP THAT YOU HAVEN'T HEARD OF THE END OF THE GRAF SPEE?

    Ship: Which end?



    6/ A Russia bound Arctic convoy is being steadily shadowed night and day by relays of German Blohm & Voss flying boats. The Germans flew round and round, keeping low on the horizon and well out of range of the guns of the convoy escorts. A very irritated convoy escort leader told his signalman to 'make by lamp' to the German.....

    YOU ARE MAKING ME DIZZY. FOR GOD'S SAKE GO ROUND THE OTHER WAY.

    The signal was acknowledged by the Germans, read, and the aircraft immediately turned and flew the other way!



    7/ From an extremely fussy flotilla captain to a destroyer going out of harbour on exercise....


    HOW LONG DO YOU EXPECT TO BE AFTER LEAVING HARBOUR?

    reply- 310 feet as usual



    8/ Destroyer 'Diamond' has collided with cruiser 'Swiftsure'. "Diamond' is technically in the wrong....

    Cruiser to 'Diamond':
    WHAT DO YOU INTEND TO DO NOW?

    reply from 'Diamond': Buy a farm.



    9/ Admiral, (after conducting bombardment practice), to remainder of fleet....

    WHO KNOCKED THAT LIGHTHOUSE DOWN AND WHY?




    10/ From Fleet Air Arm Commander in carrier to airborne squadrons whop are not obeying instructions....

    THIS IS MASTER QUOTING HEBREWS CHAPTER 12 VERSE 8....AND I QUOTE....NOW IF YE BE WITHOUT CHASTISEMENT WHEREOF ALL ARE PARTAKERS, THEN ARE YE BASTARDS, UNQUOTE, I SAY AGAIN, BASTARDS, OUT!



    11/ From one corvette to another in the middle of an Atlantic gale.....

    HAVE JUST SEEN DOWN YOUR FUNNEL.....FIRE IS BURNING BRIGHTLY.



    12/ From Flag Officer, Eastern Fleet...General Order....

    EVERYBODY WISHES EVERYBODY ELSE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. NO FURTHER SIGNALS OF THIS TYPE ARE TO BE MADE. THINK OF THE SIGNALMEN AND THE PAPER SHORTAGE.



    13/ From small South Korean craft to British patrol vessel.....

    WE PUT TO PATROL AT 2000. SEA IS BAD. I HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN HIM THIS WEATHER. I BEG WITH PARDON YOU MUST TELL ME PUT ASHORE.



    14/ From Vice Admiral (Air) to carrier "Glorious"....

    I PROPOSE INCORPORATING THE FOLLOWING IN MY LETTER OF PROCEEDINGS.....HEARD ON R/T FROM GLADIATOR'S PATROL THIS AFTERNOON, "TALLY HO TALLY HO I SEE THE BASTARDS"...THIS ALLEGATION ON THE CREW OF THE JUNKERS 87 ATTACKED WAS PROVEN TO BE UNFOUNDED WHEN THEY WERE SUBSEQUENTLY RESCUED...



    15/ A Russian convoy, May, 1942.
    A USSR gunboat collides with HMS "Harrier".
    USSR gunboat sends the following signal.....


    I AM SORRY WHAT INJURED SHIP BY APPROACH TO BOARD FOR WHAT I MUST BEG TO PARDON...WE ARE PROUD OF STAUNCHNESS AND COURAGE OF ENGLISH SEAMANS OUR ALLIES....



    16/ Admiral to ship....

    WHILST AFLOAT WITH MY FLAG FLYING I PASSED YOUR SHIP AT 1250....IT REMINDED ME OF AN AVIARY WITH THE SHIPS COMPANY SITTING ON THE RAILS WITH TAILS TOWARDS ME LIKE BIRDS ON A TWIG....



    17/ From cruiser to Admiral...

    MY SEAPLANE IS OUT OF ACTION DUE TO SEAGULLS STROPPING THEIR BEAKS ON THE FABRIC...



    18/ From destroyer to unknown trawler....

    WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FLAGS YOU ARE FLYING?

    reply: Regret I don't know....flags smelled of fish.



    19/ From ship 'Lochinvar" to HMS "Wasperton"....

    SPDC EAGLECLIFF PUMP NO LONGER MANUFACTURED. ALTERNATIVES OFFERED ARE....LEFT HANDED HANDLE PUMP UNIT AND RIGHT HANDED HANDLE PUMP UNIT...YOUR 232000 FEB ASKING FOR PUMP HANDLES NOT UNDERSTOOD. DO YOU REQUIRE A 1 IN NO GREASE PUMP HAND OPERATED LEFT HANDED HANDLE AND 1 IN NO GREASE PUMP HAND OPERATED RIGHT HANDED PUMP HANDLE OR ONE LEFT HANDED PUMP HANDLE FOR A LEFT HANDED HANDLED PUMP TOGETHER WITH ONE RIGHT HANDED HANDLE FOR A RIGHT HANDED HAND OPERATED PUMP?



    20/ From base to troop carrier....

    CAN YOU FRIEGHT 12 LIVE SOMALI SHEEP FROM ADEN TO CEYLON?

    Reply: Ship will only be stopping off Colombo to disembark officers. Consider it would be inappropriate to land sheep on the same boat




    21/ Cruiser on a 'sweep' with other vessels makes the following signal in hazy weather...

    ENEMY BATTLESHIP BEARING NNE, DISTANCE 2 MILES...AM PREPARING TO RAM.

    Same cruiser to same vessels a bit later....

    CANCEL MY LAST SIGNAL. BATTLESHIP TURNS OUT TO BE A LIGHTHOUSE.



    22/ From senior officer, after inspecting small ship....

    STANDING ORDERS PROVIDE FOR OVERALLS BEING WORN FOR DIRTY WORK ONBOARD IN WHICH CATEGORY I DO NOT INCLUDE AN INSPECTION BY ME!



    23/ From corvette (returning to base), to motor torpedo boat (setting out on patrol)…

    Corvette:
    GOOD LUCK!

    MTB reply: Thanks....actually, we rely on skill.



    24/ Extract from a signal by Senior Naval Officer, archangel, to Senior Naval Officer, North Russia....

    HE IS A TALKATIVE MAN AND IS ALLEGED TO HAVE TOLD RADIO OFFICER MOFFAT OF THE 'EMPIRE BARD" THAT HE RETURNED LAST NIGHT TO FIND 2 DANES IN BED WITH HIS WIFE AND THAT HE SHOT THEM BOTH. CONSEQUENTLY, HE WOULD DO ANYTHING TO BE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO THE U.K....


    Drusus here........Just because we can, I'm going to throw in a few signals from The Great War.....

    25/ During the 14-18 conflict, HMS 'Cyclaman" sends this signal to V.A. Malta after mistakenly sinking an Allied Italian submarine....

    HAVE RAMMED AND SUNK ENEMY SUBMARINE....SURVIVORS APPEAR TO BE SPEAKING ITALIAN....



    26/ From after the Battle of Jutland, 1916.....a flotilla leader signals to the rest of the flotilla....

    JOIN ME....WHERE AM I?



    27/ In World War One, before the days of carriers and patrolling aircraft.....an American squadron was at sea, in formation, and towing kite balloons.....

    USS 'Texas" to USS "New York"....


    PLEASE ASK YOUR BALLOON OBSERVER TO STOP PISSING ON MY NAVIGATOR....


    And we conclude this post with a signal that marks a truly Great Moment in Australian military history, proving for all that would listen, that no matter what happens, no matter the cost, Australians will be THERE!!!

    28/ From Naval Officer, Port of Mersa Metruh, North Africa, (after the port had just been reopened)……..

    SOME GENIUS HAS SENT 1,000 AUSTRALIANS HERE. THEY ARE SITTING ON THE PIER SHOUTING FOR FOOD. I HAVE NO FOOD, NO SHIPS NO STORES, NO TRANSPORT, NO INSTRUCTIONS, NO REPLYS TO MY SIGNALS....SITUATION IS IMPOSSIBLE.

    reply: Don't let them eat YOU repeat YOU. Help is on the way....


    BONUS----

    Just before I sign off, I have to throw in a twenty ninth, and kept till last because its post WW2 and a series of signals from the world of air travel.

    Its from Frankfurt airport, with air traffic controllers talking to a Brit Airways 747 that landed and is taxying towards it's issued gate number. These Frankfurt controllers, so the story goes, are described by the source as a Testy bunch, who not only expect you to know your gate parking number, but also the way to get there, all without any help from the Frankfurt Tower Controllers...


    Here's what happened...…The Brit plane is called Speedbird 206....and it has just landed and is taxiing.....

    Speedboat 206: FRANKFURT...SPEEDBOAT 206 CLEAR OF THE RUNWAY
    Ground...……..:: SPEEDBOAT 206...TAXI TO GATE ALPHA ONE SEVEN

    The British plane rolls on, then stops still....

    Ground: .............SPEEDBOAT 206, DO YOU NOT KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING?

    Speedboat 206:..STAND BY GROUND...I'M LOOKING FOR OUR GATE LOCATION...

    Ground...……..: ..(with a very arrogant and impatient tone)...SPEEDBOAT 206, HAVE YOU NOT BEEN TO FRANKFURT BEFORE?

    Speedboat 206...: (very coolly replies)….Yes, I have been here before....twice....in 1944....and I didn't land.....



    That's all from me for the moment.

    I hope you've enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed bringing it too your attention.

    Cheers!

    Gaius Claudius Germanicus Drusus Nero Ceasar….signing off!

















    My Articles, ALMOST LIVE, exclusive to The Armchair!

    Soviet Submarines in WW2....The Mythology of Shiloh....(Edited) Both Sides of the Warsaw Ghetto
    GULAG Glossary....Who Really Killed The Red Baron?....Pearl Harbor At 75
    Lincoln-Douglas Debates

  • #2
    Excellent!
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Drusus Nero View Post
      This is a personal collection I'd like to share with you all....just for laughs...ENJOY!

      1/ From HMS "Terror", a very old great war monitor, to the 'Protector', off Sidi Barrani, North Africa, 1941.....

      "AM PROCEEDING AT FULL SPEED TO YOUR ASSISTANCE. MY SPEED IS 4 KNOTS."


      2/From ship to submarine....

      'PLEASE SEND YOUR TECHNICAL EXPERT TO SEE OUR FOREMOST GUN'

      reply- OUR TECHNICAL EXOERT CAN SEE YOUR FOREMOST GUN FROM HERE'


      3/From submarine, returning from patrol to base....

      EXPECT TO ARRIVE 1800 IF FRIENDLY AIRCRAFT WILL STOP BOMBING ME.'


      4/ From senior officer to submarine apparently in difficulty.....

      WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

      reply- Learning a lot


      5/….October, 1940. Coastal Command aircraft is labouriously 'flashing to cruiser "Dunedin".....

      CC Aircraft: WHAT SHIP?

      Ship: Graf Spee.

      CC Aircraft: ARE YOU NAVAL TYPES SO FAST ASLEEP THAT YOU HAVEN'T HEARD OF THE END OF THE GRAF SPEE?

      Ship: Which end?



      6/ A Russia bound Arctic convoy is being steadily shadowed night and day by relays of German Blohm & Voss flying boats. The Germans flew round and round, keeping low on the horizon and well out of range of the guns of the convoy escorts. A very irritated convoy escort leader told his signalman to 'make by lamp' to the German.....

      YOU ARE MAKING ME DIZZY. FOR GOD'S SAKE GO ROUND THE OTHER WAY.

      The signal was acknowledged by the Germans, read, and the aircraft immediately turned and flew the other way!



      7/ From an extremely fussy flotilla captain to a destroyer going out of harbour on exercise....


      HOW LONG DO YOU EXPECT TO BE AFTER LEAVING HARBOUR?

      reply- 310 feet as usual



      8/ Destroyer 'Diamond' has collided with cruiser 'Swiftsure'. "Diamond' is technically in the wrong....

      Cruiser to 'Diamond':
      WHAT DO YOU INTEND TO DO NOW?

      reply from 'Diamond': Buy a farm.



      9/ Admiral, (after conducting bombardment practice), to remainder of fleet....

      WHO KNOCKED THAT LIGHTHOUSE DOWN AND WHY?




      10/ From Fleet Air Arm Commander in carrier to airborne squadrons whop are not obeying instructions....

      THIS IS MASTER QUOTING HEBREWS CHAPTER 12 VERSE 8....AND I QUOTE....NOW IF YE BE WITHOUT CHASTISEMENT WHEREOF ALL ARE PARTAKERS, THEN ARE YE BASTARDS, UNQUOTE, I SAY AGAIN, BASTARDS, OUT!



      11/ From one corvette to another in the middle of an Atlantic gale.....

      HAVE JUST SEEN DOWN YOUR FUNNEL.....FIRE IS BURNING BRIGHTLY.



      12/ From Flag Officer, Eastern Fleet...General Order....

      EVERYBODY WISHES EVERYBODY ELSE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. NO FURTHER SIGNALS OF THIS TYPE ARE TO BE MADE. THINK OF THE SIGNALMEN AND THE PAPER SHORTAGE.



      13/ From small South Korean craft to British patrol vessel.....

      WE PUT TO PATROL AT 2000. SEA IS BAD. I HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN HIM THIS WEATHER. I BEG WITH PARDON YOU MUST TELL ME PUT ASHORE.



      14/ From Vice Admiral (Air) to carrier "Glorious"....

      I PROPOSE INCORPORATING THE FOLLOWING IN MY LETTER OF PROCEEDINGS.....HEARD ON R/T FROM GLADIATOR'S PATROL THIS AFTERNOON, "TALLY HO TALLY HO I SEE THE BASTARDS"...THIS ALLEGATION ON THE CREW OF THE JUNKERS 87 ATTACKED WAS PROVEN TO BE UNFOUNDED WHEN THEY WERE SUBSEQUENTLY RESCUED...



      15/ A Russian convoy, May, 1942.
      A USSR gunboat collides with HMS "Harrier".
      USSR gunboat sends the following signal.....


      I AM SORRY WHAT INJURED SHIP BY APPROACH TO BOARD FOR WHAT I MUST BEG TO PARDON...WE ARE PROUD OF STAUNCHNESS AND COURAGE OF ENGLISH SEAMANS OUR ALLIES....



      16/ Admiral to ship....

      WHILST AFLOAT WITH MY FLAG FLYING I PASSED YOUR SHIP AT 1250....IT REMINDED ME OF AN AVIARY WITH THE SHIPS COMPANY SITTING ON THE RAILS WITH TAILS TOWARDS ME LIKE BIRDS ON A TWIG....



      17/ From cruiser to Admiral...

      MY SEAPLANE IS OUT OF ACTION DUE TO SEAGULLS STROPPING THEIR BEAKS ON THE FABRIC...



      18/ From destroyer to unknown trawler....

      WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FLAGS YOU ARE FLYING?

      reply: Regret I don't know....flags smelled of fish.



      19/ From ship 'Lochinvar" to HMS "Wasperton"....

      SPDC EAGLECLIFF PUMP NO LONGER MANUFACTURED. ALTERNATIVES OFFERED ARE....LEFT HANDED HANDLE PUMP UNIT AND RIGHT HANDED HANDLE PUMP UNIT...YOUR 232000 FEB ASKING FOR PUMP HANDLES NOT UNDERSTOOD. DO YOU REQUIRE A 1 IN NO GREASE PUMP HAND OPERATED LEFT HANDED HANDLE AND 1 IN NO GREASE PUMP HAND OPERATED RIGHT HANDED PUMP HANDLE OR ONE LEFT HANDED PUMP HANDLE FOR A LEFT HANDED HANDLED PUMP TOGETHER WITH ONE RIGHT HANDED HANDLE FOR A RIGHT HANDED HAND OPERATED PUMP?



      20/ From base to troop carrier....

      CAN YOU FRIEGHT 12 LIVE SOMALI SHEEP FROM ADEN TO CEYLON?

      Reply: Ship will only be stopping off Colombo to disembark officers. Consider it would be inappropriate to land sheep on the same boat




      21/ Cruiser on a 'sweep' with other vessels makes the following signal in hazy weather...

      ENEMY BATTLESHIP BEARING NNE, DISTANCE 2 MILES...AM PREPARING TO RAM.

      Same cruiser to same vessels a bit later....

      CANCEL MY LAST SIGNAL. BATTLESHIP TURNS OUT TO BE A LIGHTHOUSE.



      22/ From senior officer, after inspecting small ship....

      STANDING ORDERS PROVIDE FOR OVERALLS BEING WORN FOR DIRTY WORK ONBOARD IN WHICH CATEGORY I DO NOT INCLUDE AN INSPECTION BY ME!



      23/ From corvette (returning to base), to motor torpedo boat (setting out on patrol)…

      Corvette:
      GOOD LUCK!

      MTB reply: Thanks....actually, we rely on skill.



      24/ Extract from a signal by Senior Naval Officer, archangel, to Senior Naval Officer, North Russia....

      HE IS A TALKATIVE MAN AND IS ALLEGED TO HAVE TOLD RADIO OFFICER MOFFAT OF THE 'EMPIRE BARD" THAT HE RETURNED LAST NIGHT TO FIND 2 DANES IN BED WITH HIS WIFE AND THAT HE SHOT THEM BOTH. CONSEQUENTLY, HE WOULD DO ANYTHING TO BE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO THE U.K....


      Drusus here........Just because we can, I'm going to throw in a few signals from The Great War.....

      25/ During the 14-18 conflict, HMS 'Cyclaman" sends this signal to V.A. Malta after mistakenly sinking an Allied Italian submarine....

      HAVE RAMMED AND SUNK ENEMY SUBMARINE....SURVIVORS APPEAR TO BE SPEAKING ITALIAN....



      26/ From after the Battle of Jutland, 1916.....a flotilla leader signals to the rest of the flotilla....

      JOIN ME....WHERE AM I?



      27/ In World War One, before the days of carriers and patrolling aircraft.....an American squadron was at sea, in formation, and towing kite balloons.....

      USS 'Texas" to USS "New York"....


      PLEASE ASK YOUR BALLOON OBSERVER TO STOP PISSING ON MY NAVIGATOR....


      And we conclude this post with a signal that marks a truly Great Moment in Australian military history, proving for all that would listen, that no matter what happens, no matter the cost, Australians will be THERE!!!

      28/ From Naval Officer, Port of Mersa Metruh, North Africa, (after the port had just been reopened)……..

      SOME GENIUS HAS SENT 1,000 AUSTRALIANS HERE. THEY ARE SITTING ON THE PIER SHOUTING FOR FOOD. I HAVE NO FOOD, NO SHIPS NO STORES, NO TRANSPORT, NO INSTRUCTIONS, NO REPLYS TO MY SIGNALS....SITUATION IS IMPOSSIBLE.

      reply: Don't let them eat YOU repeat YOU. Help is on the way....


      BONUS----

      Just before I sign off, I have to throw in a twenty ninth, and kept till last because its post WW2 and a series of signals from the world of air travel.

      Its from Frankfurt airport, with air traffic controllers talking to a Brit Airways 747 that landed and is taxying towards it's issued gate number. These Frankfurt controllers, so the story goes, are described by the source as a Testy bunch, who not only expect you to know your gate parking number, but also the way to get there, all without any help from the Frankfurt Tower Controllers...


      Here's what happened...…The Brit plane is called Speedbird 206....and it has just landed and is taxiing.....

      Speedboat 206: FRANKFURT...SPEEDBOAT 206 CLEAR OF THE RUNWAY
      Ground...……..:: SPEEDBOAT 206...TAXI TO GATE ALPHA ONE SEVEN

      The British plane rolls on, then stops still....

      Ground: .............SPEEDBOAT 206, DO YOU NOT KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING?

      Speedboat 206:..STAND BY GROUND...I'M LOOKING FOR OUR GATE LOCATION...

      Ground...……..: ..(with a very arrogant and impatient tone)...SPEEDBOAT 206, HAVE YOU NOT BEEN TO FRANKFURT BEFORE?

      Speedboat 206...: (very coolly replies)….Yes, I have been here before....twice....in 1944....and I didn't land.....



      That's all from me for the moment.

      I hope you've enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed bringing it too your attention.

      Cheers!

      Gaius Claudius Germanicus Drusus Nero Ceasar….signing off!
















      I suspect that you have a copy of 'Make Another Signal' by Captain Jackie Broome.

      So have I!

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      • #4
        Yep....

        Forgot to post a source....but that is it
        My Articles, ALMOST LIVE, exclusive to The Armchair!

        Soviet Submarines in WW2....The Mythology of Shiloh....(Edited) Both Sides of the Warsaw Ghetto
        GULAG Glossary....Who Really Killed The Red Baron?....Pearl Harbor At 75
        Lincoln-Douglas Debates

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Drusus Nero View Post
          Yep....

          Forgot to post a source....but that is it
          What are his sources? and why did you call this a personal collection?
          "It is a fine fox chase, my boys"

          "It is well that war is so terrible-we would grow too fond of it"

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          • #6
            It is my collection or used to be anyway part of it...until my wife threw all my books out....

            If that's not personal enough, I don't know what is......You seem to be going from post to post just to attack me, Mr Wolfington/American....Im only small fry.....pick on someone your own size.....
            My Articles, ALMOST LIVE, exclusive to The Armchair!

            Soviet Submarines in WW2....The Mythology of Shiloh....(Edited) Both Sides of the Warsaw Ghetto
            GULAG Glossary....Who Really Killed The Red Baron?....Pearl Harbor At 75
            Lincoln-Douglas Debates

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            • #7
              Please stick to the topic. Any further personal commentary directed at other members will result in a ban from the forums.

              ACG Staff.

              After further reading elsewhere, your demeanour towards other members here has to change, NOW. Think about how you want to conduct yourself in future, after you come back from your ban.

              ACG Staff.

              Last edited by Achtung Baby; 20 Jun 20, 04:57.
              "It is a fine fox chase, my boys"

              "It is well that war is so terrible-we would grow too fond of it"

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Drusus Nero View Post
                You seem to be going from post to post just to attack me, Mr Wolfington/American....Im only small fry.....pick on someone your own size.....
                If you think that is truly the case, just add him to your Ignore list and you will never see another message from him.
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                • #9
                  I don't ignore anyone...everyone has something to offer. I am not Orwellian in that I do not believe that "ignorance is strength"....

                  I have no personal axe to grind against anyone, and listen and learn from all....

                  If you want to play the :"ignore" game, that's up to you.

                  But EVERYONE here has something to offer
                  My Articles, ALMOST LIVE, exclusive to The Armchair!

                  Soviet Submarines in WW2....The Mythology of Shiloh....(Edited) Both Sides of the Warsaw Ghetto
                  GULAG Glossary....Who Really Killed The Red Baron?....Pearl Harbor At 75
                  Lincoln-Douglas Debates

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by American87 View Post

                    What are his sources? and why did you call this a personal collection?
                    Does it really matter if the signals came from a book?

                    The author, by the way, was commander of the close escort for PQ17, and Jack Hawkins said that he based his character George Erickson in 'The Cruel Sea' on him. In 1968 he sued the 'historian' David Irving for libel after Irving, in his book about PQ17, wrongly blamed Broome for the whole disaster. Broome was successful, winning substantial damages, and the original copies of the book were withdrawn from circulation. It was later re-issued with suitable corrections.

                    He was a founder member of the Lord's Taverners, and therefore alright in my book!

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                    • #11
                      Mr American has been chasing my posts aeround this site in some childish attempt to....im not sure what...

                      the book "Make another signal" was in my personal collection....a collection that my exwife sent to the dump. I called her "Magda Goebbels", as only Nazis burn or destroy books...

                      Im getting a little tired of the constant harrasment
                      My Articles, ALMOST LIVE, exclusive to The Armchair!

                      Soviet Submarines in WW2....The Mythology of Shiloh....(Edited) Both Sides of the Warsaw Ghetto
                      GULAG Glossary....Who Really Killed The Red Baron?....Pearl Harbor At 75
                      Lincoln-Douglas Debates

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                      • #12
                        Post from American87 deleted, remain on topic or else further action will be taken.



                        "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
                        Ernest Hemingway.

                        Sapere aude.

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                        • #13
                          This came from a James Bond Book, but I would consider that Ian Flemming knows his Nautical Lore. From the Battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth, Steaming Eastward, to the Liner RMS Queen Elizabeth (On Troop transport duties), Steaming west....... "SNAP".
                          One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions - Admiral Grace Hopper

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Chukka View Post
                            This came from a James Bond Book, but I would consider that Ian Flemming knows his Nautical Lore. From the Battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth, Steaming Eastward, to the Liner RMS Queen Elizabeth (On Troop transport duties), Steaming west....... "SNAP".
                            You can buy a print of a painting by the artist Oliver Parkes of the alleged encounter. A snip at around 110.

                            Whether it actually took place is another matter. The first reference to it was by Cunard's publicity department in 1946 or thereabouts, but it is far too good a story to quibble about mere details, at least in my opinion.

                            A shame the liner was destroyed by fire in the 1970s, or the encounter could have been repeated, this time involving a large aircraft carrier with almost no aircraft, if current MoD gossip is to be believed!

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                            • #15
                              hahaha

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