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Re: Luck was on your side... Glorious
Churchill became PM in early May 1940. The evacuation of Norway occurred in latter half of June.
The evacuation of Norway was done under the orders of a little known man called Winston Churchill; Churchill lead small debacle of Gallipoli back in 1915-16 where many more men and almost as many ships were lost as the 1942 Guadalcanal campaign. The Norway evacuation would have taken the convoy of 40,000+ soldiers right into the path of two insignificant ships, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau .
If the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau had met the evacuation force then Mr. Churchill would have never become PM of the UK. It would have been "Lord Halifax". The U.K. would have accepted German cease fire proposals floated after the fall of France in 1940.
Instead a British Commander got mad at his #1 and decided to take a British task force off station, unheard of for the Royal Navy. A lucky torpedo hit from a brave destroyer forced the battleship duo to return to port.
BTW, once Bismarck was observing the American Civil War and commented "Gott
Uhren für Narren, Säufer, kleine Kinder und Amerikaner auf."
Napoleon said he would rather have a lucky commander than a good commander.
In the early part of 1940 Bismarck would have amended his statement to "Gott
Uhren für Narren, Säufer, kleine Kinder, Amerikaner und Briten."
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