Allied Secret: The Sinking of Hmt Rohna by Carlton Jackson

By Carlton Jackson

This is often the dramatic tale of the sinking of the HMT Rohna, which led to one of many maximum variety of casualties suffered in WWII. the truth that the large dying and the following cover-up of the main points surrounding it make for interesting and traumatic interpreting. constrained courses exist at the topic, so this can be a beneficial source for historians.

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34 While some replacement units were on board the Rohna, many had already been in Algeria for some time, along with the 44th Surgical Battalion, waiting for others to arrive before shipping out any farther. 35They came down with physical ailments such as diarrhea, and in some instances dysentery. They also were afflicted with other maladies such as smallpox, malaria, and sandfly fever. And even those who weren't ill were for the most part restricted to quarters by their commanding officers, thus hindering fraternization with the local populace-much to the chagrin of numerous GIs looking for female company.

His plane was hit by gunfire from one of the convoy's escorts and fell into the sea. "69 Altogether, in terms of the total aircraft involved in the attack on KMF-26, the Allies reported two planes missing, but according to William Green in War Planes of the Third Reich, of the fourteen Heinkel177s, four were destroyed outright, and three more had to be discarded after landing back in France. Thus, fifty percent of the Germans' H s 293 carrying force was destroyed in the attack on KMF-26; and KG 40's commander, Major Mons, was killed.

When the action started on the 26th, Bruno Birsa, on board a sister ship, the Karoa, was below deck shaving. H e heard the guns and raced, half-shaven, to the top. "You could look up," he said, "and see the German bomb-bay doors open up. "35Despite the danger of being hit by shell fragments from the bombs, several GIs stayed on deck and cheered each time a bomb missed a ship. Sometimes the waterspouts caused by the bombs were as high as 225 feet. The atmosphere was almost festive to A. M. Kadis, on board the Banfora.

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