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On 8th April 1940 The British destroyer HMS Glowworm, alone and outgunned took on the German Heavy Cruiser Admiral Von Hipper and her destroyer escorts. In spite of the heavy odds against her she managed to score hits on her mighty opponent and in a last act of defiance she rammed the Cruiser before she sank. Out of a total crew of 149, only 31 survived. The Germans congratulated the survivors on a good fight and treated them as equals. Captain Heye told the survivors that their Captain was a very brave man. Later Heye sent a message through the International Red cross, recommending Lt Cdr Roope for the Victoria Cross. The only time in British History that the VC was recommended by the enemy.
Originally posted by deeprivergal
He fought for his country in Vietnam where they blew him up and he retired at the ripe age of 21 from the United States Army. And they've been screwing him ever since lol
Originally posted by Disturbed Deliverer
Pointing out a single event seems kind of disgraceful. There have been so many battles in history and so many people who have sacraficed everything to really point out a single example.
Originally posted by FredT
No, I don't think it is wrong in any way. We are all intitled to our opinions. I don't Hellmutt intended to take anything away from any of the other men and women who sacraficed themselves for our collective good. It becomes a sad day when we can't or refuse to remeber....
Originally posted by HellmuttDo you have any bids on a "Most Heroic Action On The Battlefield" award?
Originally posted by kegs
Thanks, It's a great story; and it's true.
I'm sure there's more detailed accounts about; that was the first on a short search.