World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE SEAS: Pepperpot Passes

In London last week the British Admiralty announced the loss of one of the crack warships of World War II, the 5,270-ton light cruiser Penelope. She was sunk with another cruiser and two destroyers off Anzio.

Penelope was a ship of many nicknames. In 14 days of continuous air attack at Malta she was pierced with some 2,000 bomb fragments; her admiring crew promptly dubbed her "H.M.S. Pepperpot." After the worst holes were plugged with planks, they added another: "H.M.S. Porcupine." While she was alongside a Malta dock, bomb hits on shore threw so much debris around her decks that for...

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