World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC: In Which We Swerve

If you want to start a fight in a British pub, just step up to the bar, next to a Scot of the Gordon Highlanders, and ask the barmaid for a half pint of broken squares.* A similar but more up-to-date casus belli might be to ask a seaman off H.M.S. Churchill about the Battle of Lasola Island.

In August 1941, Prime Minister Churchill visited his namesake vessel, a former U.S. four-stack destroyer, and promised to come aboard again if the Churchill ever sank a U-boat. The destroyer's crew did not forget. One night last June, as the Churchill patrolled...

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