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by Platon Alexiades
Thu May 19, 2022 1:58 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Invasion of Norway and the Copenhagen leak
Replies: 0
Views: 337

Invasion of Norway and the Copenhagen leak

Has anyone identified who leaked the information about Weserübung to the American Embassy in Copenhagen? On about 6 April 1940, they were informed that the invasion of Norway was imminent and that a division transported in ten ships would land at Narvik while Sweden would be left alone. The signal w...
by Platon Alexiades
Wed May 18, 2022 1:09 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Wreck of Italian submarine Giovanni Bausan
Replies: 2
Views: 438

Re: Wreck of Italian submarine Giovanni Bausan

Hi Andrzej,

The wreck is about 10 miles north of Barletta. Where did you think it was?

For the submarine history see my page:

https://uboat.net/italian_submarines/boats/12

Best regards,

Platon
by Platon Alexiades
Sun May 15, 2022 3:04 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Wreck of Italian submarine Giovanni Bausan
Replies: 2
Views: 438

Wreck of Italian submarine Giovanni Bausan

Dr Fabio Bisciotti interviewed on Italian TV (TELEBLU) on 13th May 2022 (broadcast on the 14th) about the discovery of the wreck of the submarine Giovanni Bausan (originally mistaken for HMS Regent) off Barletta in the Adriatic.

https://www.facebook.com/teleblutv/post ... 7997069013

Platon
by Platon Alexiades
Tue May 03, 2022 5:03 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Commemoration for the 80th Anniversary of the loss of the submarine HMS Urge
Replies: 1
Views: 444

Commemoration for the 80th Anniversary of the loss of the submarine HMS Urge

Last week in Malta we were invited at a number of events for the commemoration of the loss of HMS Urge (27th April 1942). With dives occurring on 25th April to deploy a White Ensign on the wreck as well as a commemorative plaque. The movie of these dives shown at a screening at the University of Mal...
by Platon Alexiades
Mon Apr 11, 2022 1:43 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Capture of Veslekari on a special mission
Replies: 7
Views: 1575

Re: Capture of Veslekari on a special mission

Many thanks for your reply. However, I am a bit confused by the translation. Any indication how Veslekari was captured? Where is Arcticsund? I assume she was captured by Fridtjof. Nansen which later destroyed the weather station at Myggbukta.

Platon
by Platon Alexiades
Wed Feb 09, 2022 10:17 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Capture of Veslekari on a special mission
Replies: 7
Views: 1575

Re: Capture of Veslekari on a special mission

Hello David,

Many thanks for the additional links. I assume that those arrested on Veslekari were Quisling followers and that Veslekari sailed from the UK when she was intercepted.

Best regards,

Platon
by Platon Alexiades
Wed Feb 09, 2022 1:22 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Capture of Veslekari on a special mission
Replies: 7
Views: 1575

Re: Capture of Veslekari on a special mission

Hello Andrzej, Many thanks for the link. I have since learned that Norwegian captain Axel Coll was arrested on Veslekari as he was working for the Abwehr and was bringing a couple of German wireless operators. Books by Nigel West and Sophie Jackson mention the case. However, I am curious to know fro...
by Platon Alexiades
Mon Feb 07, 2022 11:55 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Capture of Veslekari on a special mission
Replies: 7
Views: 1575

Capture of Veslekari on a special mission

Hello, According to British sources (Naval Intelligence file ADM223/464, TNA), Veslekari (ex-Norwegian seal catcher) operated in German service and was sailed on a mission to supply clandestine weather stations in Greenland. The signals concerning her movements were deciphered by Bletchley Park and ...
by Platon Alexiades
Tue Feb 01, 2022 9:58 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Mystery of Enigma Rotor VIII
Replies: 4
Views: 1237

Re: Mystery of Enigma Rotor VIII

Hello Andrzej and Darius, Many thanks for your input and comments. The web site link provided by Darius is most interesting. Although, at least one destroyer, Hans Lüdemann , was boarded after the second battle of Narvik, I have not found anywhere that secret documents were recovered from her. The c...
by Platon Alexiades
Mon Jan 31, 2022 3:01 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Mystery of Enigma Rotor VIII
Replies: 4
Views: 1237

Mystery of Enigma Rotor VIII

Some sources have indicated that the Enigma coding machine Rotor VIII was "pinched" by the Royal Navy in August 1940. I have been unable to find any mention of German vessel warship boarded during that month. Perhaps I have missed something. I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion? I have been te...
by Platon Alexiades
Mon Jan 24, 2022 10:08 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: RFA Tankers at Alexandria and Gibraltar June 1940
Replies: 2
Views: 876

Re: RFA Tankers at Alexandria and Gibraltar June 1940

Hello Jordi, Alexandria: I have Pass of Balmaha arriving at Alexandria only on 12 June 1940 (from Gib) and I have Clydefield apparently leaving Port Said on 7 June (I believe for Aden?). I agree for Brambleleaf , Cherryleaf , Olna , British Union and Duffield and War Krishna . I do not seem to have ...
by Platon Alexiades
Mon Jan 24, 2022 7:57 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Loss of submarine Acciaio
Replies: 1
Views: 714

Re: Loss of submarine Acciaio

Hello Jan-Olof, I had found the information some years ago. This was supposed to be revealed in my book but I could not find a publisher. I do not know why this seems to have escaped the scrutiny of Italian and British historians. There is still no absolute certainty of her fate but the air attack a...
by Platon Alexiades
Mon Jan 24, 2022 1:59 am
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Royal Navy losses
Replies: 0
Views: 644

Royal Navy losses

For those interested in a list of the British warship losses through the ages, there is a list which can be downloaded at: https://thisismast.org/research/royal-navy-loss-list.html It is not perfect as many omissions and errors can be found but hopefully the list will be updated from time to time. P...
by Platon Alexiades
Sun Jan 23, 2022 10:15 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Loss of Italian submarine Gemma
Replies: 6
Views: 1480

Re: Loss of Italian submarine Gemma

Hello Thorsten,

The site Chronik Des Seekrieges still has the date in error and incidentally the name of Tricheco's Commanding Officer was Avogadro di Cerrione (not Cerricone).

Many thanks.

Platon