Sid Guttridge wrote:Hi Baltasar,
I have no problem with people fighting on until the bitter end, but that is neither what happened on this occasion, nor what I was writing about.
If the story is true, U 2511 only pretended to fight on by mounting a dummy attack on HMS Norfolk, thereby putting itself at risk to no discernible advantage whatsoever.
Sid Guttridge wrote:That seems a pretty flimsy proposition - risking the submarine and its crew just so that the commander could make a retrospective morale-boosting speech for an already lost cause before surrendering!
Besides, if all he wanted to do was give a pep talk, as the only man entitled to be at the helm and periscope, U 2511's commander could easily have invented the entire attack at no risk to submarine or crew and still delivered his speech with them in complete ignorance.
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