World Battlefronts: Despite the Enemy

The Allied convoy was creeping around Norway's North Cape when the Nazi warships hove into view. It was in the gloom of the Arctic morning, on the last day of the old year. Officers on escorting British destroyers, peering through their glasses, judged that some of these Nazi ships were big ones—probably a heavy cruiser and a pocket battleship—lured out at last from Norwegian hideaways. With them were a number of destroyers. The British escort, outgunned and outranged, promptly opened fire.

Two British destroyers were damaged. One of them subsequently went down. But for almost two hours they held off the Nazi...

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