HMS Hunter, Sunk During First Battle of Narvik 10 April 1940, Found in One Thousand Feet of Water – Part 3

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FIRST BATTLE OF NARVIK, 10 APRIL 1940 – In the foreground German destroyers Hans Luedemann and Hermann Kuehne as they were engaging British destroyers at the port entrance. In the background burning and sunken transport ships. While several merchant ships are still on fire there is no apparent conflagration as there would have been when the ships were first struck by the torpedoes. Based on this, I would say this photo must have been taken after 10:00 local Norwegian time.

The destroyer flotilla led by Warburton-Lee in HMS Hardy fired a number of torpedoes into the harbor at the German destroyers. Many of these torpedoes hit merchant ships which were crowded into the harbor but most of them were German and carrying supplies for the German troops invading Narvik. However, the RN torpedo barrage did sink several British merchant ships as well although these ships had been seized by the Germans as prizes of war which was legal.

Narvik after being set afire by a German bombing raid on 2 June 1940.

[Source: Narvik: Battles in the Fjords by Peter Dickens. Images courtesy of Imperial War Museum and Wikipedia.]

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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: http://charlesmccain.com/

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