Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Operation Style in August 1941

The next convoy, in August 1941, was named Style (the previous had been Substance, so they were having some fun with names). Force X, for this operation, had Hermione, Arethusa, the minelayer Manxman, and two destroyers. They actually sailed from Gibraltar on 31 July and arrived at Malta on 2 August. They carried 1,750 "officers and men and 130 tons of stores". The only incident of note was that on 2 August "at first light", the cruiser Hermione caught the Italian submarine Tembion by surprise and rammed and sank her. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.

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