Here we see the British Dido-class light cruiser HMS Hermione (Pennant 74) of the Royal Navy slicing through the Italian coastal submarine Tembien like butter on 2 August 1941, west of Malta. The (gouache on board) artwork is entitled, “A British cruiser ramming an Italian submarine” by Marc Stone. It is in the collection of the UK National Archives.


8 April 1940

HMS Glowworm, commanded by Lieutenant-Commander Gerard Broadmead Roope, encounters Admiral Hipper in the Baltic Sea along with its detachment of destroyers. Glowworm is struck by salvo after salvo of Hipper’s 8-in guns, but remains afloat long enough for the out of control destroyer to ram Hipper. Glowworm then drifts clear of Hipper before exploding, taking 109 of her crew with her. Sixty of Glowworm’s sailors are recovered by Hipper, but Roope drowns after he slips off the debris he was holding. He would receive the Victoria Cross for his actions, albeit after the war when Hipper’s logs detailing the action are recovered. This makes Roope the first VC recipient of the war.

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