In WW1 a German submarine was sunk by a flying Lorry - image

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In WW1 a German submarine was sunk by a flying Lorry - image

On 19 August 1917 Submarine U-28 left Emden for the war on shipping in the Arctic Sea. On 2nd September at 1155 a.m, the U-boat attacked the armed English steamer (SS) Olive Branch, 4649 t., carrying munitions from England for Arkhangelsk.

Since the steamer was not sunk by a torpedo hit, U-28 came to close range to finish her with gunfire. The second shell hit the cargo of munitions, which detonated with an enormous explosion, whereby the U-boat was so badly damaged that it sank.

Some men of the crew of U-28 were seen swimming, but were not picked up by the Olive Branch's lifeboats. There were no survivors.

A British description of the same event, 'Under the Black Ensign' by R.S. Gwatkin-Williams, states that when the ammunition detonated, a truck carried as deck cargo was blown into the air and fell from a great height on the U-boat, sinking it. The only time that a doomed but heroic lorry wreaked vengeance for King and Country, upon a submarine.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

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By netchicken: posted on 18-8-2010








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