Fairey SwordfishLooking like a relic from World War 1, this was a dangerous and effective anti-shipping weapon. Designed in 1934., it could carry one 1500 lb torpedo and place it very accurately.
825 Royal Naval Air SquadronFormed in 1934, they flew the Swordfish and were instrumental in the sinking of the Bismarck in 1941. They were led by Lt. Commander Eugene Esmonde an Irishman who had already been awarded the DSO for his part in the Bismarck actions.
Bristol BeaufortCrew: 4
Vickers WellingtonCrew: 6
Avro ManchesterCrew: 7
HMS WorcesterDisplacement: 1,550 tons full
S boatsThey were properly called Schnellboot or fast boat. Capable of speeds up to 50mph with a range of 700 miles, these were ideal escort vessels for the three heavy battleships.
SpecificationLength: 34.9 m (114 feet 6 inches)
DestroyersThese small battle ships weighed up 3,600 tons and were capable of speeds up to 44 MPH. The entire German fleet of destroyers or Zerstörer were modern and well-armed..
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Kent County Councillors
and the Dover Harbour Board.
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This site covers the section "challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day" as defined by the History programmes of study:key stage 3 National curriculum in England (Reference: DFE-00194-2013).
The key area covered is the Second World War and the key historical event is the Battle of The Atlantic.
Study notes are based on understanding the individual events in the context of the consequence of these events to the Battle of The Atlantic.