By Derek Robinson
It's a vintage Derek Robinson tale: 3 teams of fellows converge for a last conflict within the western barren region in the course of global conflict II. An SAS patrol travels in the course of the Sahara to assault a German airbase; a German intelligence officer units out to settle a private grudge; and the lads from Hornet Squadron (from Robinson's previous Piece of Cake) are overhead, dedicated to suicidal ground-attack missions to meet their commander. Fast-talking, darkly funny, and stinging.
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The dreadnoughts Michigan and South Carolina were also assigned to this duty given their slow maximum speed of 18 knots. South Carolina was part of the first battleship-escorted convoy, departing the United States on September 6. During the return journey, South Carolina lost its starboard screw on September 17, followed by a breakdown of its port throttle valve on September 20. Four days later, it crept into the Philadelphia naval yard for repairs and saw no further escort duty during the war.
During the return journey, South Carolina lost its starboard screw on September 17, followed by a breakdown of its port throttle valve on September 20. Four days later, it crept into the Philadelphia naval yard for repairs and saw no further escort duty during the war. A similar fate befell its fellow, Michigan, which departed from America on an escort mission on September 30. On October 8, Michigan lost its port screw and returned to the United States, and similarly saw no further action in the war.
National Archives 19-N-74312) 42 noon Arkansas’s shore fire control party radioed the ship with a call for heavy gunfire against Battery Hamburg. 08pm Arkansas commenced fire at a range of 18,000 yards, but there was no immediate response. 29pm, after the German gun crews had taken their time plotting their target, the guns of Battery Hamburg opened fire. After a while, shells began to straddle Texas and continued at an almost regular frequency. 39pm. As a result of the almost continual misses from the German guns, Admiral Bryant ordered his destroyers to lay a smoke screen between Arkansas and Texas and the shore, but the two battleships zigzagged as a strong wind kept blowing the smoke screen off course.