The Imperturbable English

When it was finally confirmed that the Bismarck had broken out into the North Atlantic, the British Home Fleet put to sea under the command of Vice-Admiral Sir John Tovey, who was aboard the battleship HMS King George V.

The Home Fleet, called the Grand Fleet in World War One, was Great Britain’s foremost battle fleet. Upon receiving the radio message about the sinking of the HMS Hood, symbol of the British Empire and the most famous ship in the world, the Fleet Radio Officer dashed to the bridge and in his excitement literally yelled the message to Vice-Admiral Tovey.

Tovey replied: “All right Jacobs, there’s no need to shout.”

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website:

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