My grandad’s time at sea was eventful, as was to be expected, during World War 2. As one of the Merchant Navy, there was a constant threat to him and his fellow crew as the Battle of the Atlantic raged. As retold in some of the other posts, many of the voyages he took were […]Operation Husky and convoy KMS18B — A life at sea, Thomas Doran
EASTER Sunday, April 4/2021@14:05-THE KMS, UNITED KINGDOM TO MED., SLOW CONVOYS, AND ALSO, THE RETURN CONVOY MKS., FROM THE MED., GIBRALTAR, TO THE U.K., INCLUDING THEIR QUICKER SISTERS…KMF,,,,,,,., AND MKF., WERE AN ACTION PACKED CONVOYS SYSTEM, AT THE BEGINNING, AS GERMAN NAVAL INTELLIGENCE, COMPREHENDED THESE CONVOYS WERE OF NORTH AFRICA LANDINGS, AND ALSO, MED., NAVAL DEPLOYED CONVOYS, WITH ESCORTING WARSHIPS FROM GIBRALTAR, TAKING OVER FOR THE KMS., KMF., ESCORTS, TO ESCORT THEIR CHARGES/MERCHANT VESSELS; FURTHER EAST IN THE MED., FROM THE ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, TO ITALY, GREECE, MALTA, and ALL ETC. AXIS AIRCRAFT, GERMAN and ITALIAN, AXIS WARSHIPS…and AXIS SUBMARINES…GERMAN and ITALIAN WERE PRESENT DURING THESE CONVOYS, and also IN THE MED., ESPECIALLY, SAILING FROM THE ROCK OF GIBRALTAR…EAST TO ITALY, MALTA, GREECE, etc., PORTS!!! LATER, DURING THE WAR, THE PRESENTS OF AXIS NAVAL and AIR FORCES/1944-1945 WERE VERY, VERY LAID BACK IN THE MED., AS THAT CONFLICT HAD DIED RIGHT DOWN and SOMEWHAT CAME TO A SLOW END…THOUGH, U-BOATS WERE STILL OUT IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC, AND IN MAY, 1945…U-BOATS SURRENDERED TO R.N., WARSHIPS and R.A.F., AIRCRAFT, and WERE ESCORTED INTO PORT AT GIBRALTAR!!! AXIS, and ALLIES…BOTH OF THE NAVAL and AIR FORCES, BOTH HAD SUCCESSES and LOSSES IN THE CONVOYS MENTIONED, AND ALSO IN MED., CONVOYS TOO!!!
Note: CREDIT-A Life at Sea, Mr. Thomas Doran.
BRAVO ZULU, GREAT BLOG; AND LET US KEEP W.W.II/1939-1945…NAVAL HISTORY, ALIVE!!!
Brian Murza…Killick Vison, W.W.II Naval Researcher-Published Author, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.