HMS Warspite at Scapa Flow in WW2
SCAPA FLOW

In October 1939, the German U-boat U47, commanded by Kapitan Leutnant Gunther Prien, sank the battleship HMS Royal Oak in the British naval base at Scapa Flow. After this audacious attack the anchorage defences were greatly improved and by March 1940 the Orkneys base was secure again. The Queen Elizabeth Class battleship, HMS Warspite, found herself back there as the Home Fleet flagship in 1940. HMS Nelson was supposed to have taken on the role, but she had already been put out of action by a German magnetic mine. The picture shows Warspite at anchor with an R Class battleship in the background.

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