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Old 11-02-2017, 08:38
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Default HMS Zulu vs Bismarck - The Midshipmans account

Searching for some other information I got a heading to the BBC - WW2 People's War (well known to me, anyway).
And what I have found was an extract from the Midshipman Sam Hammick Journal provided to the BBC by his son.
For these who know Midshipman TT Levin Journal the similarities - actions as seen by those young men are clearly visible.
Midshipman Sam Hammick was on the HMS Zulu and provided his account written in his obligatory personal Journal just after the action against Bismarck.
It is not "dry" text and his observations pretty vivid with comment "...I will never forget....".
Interesting parts are i.e: "...HMS Sheffield was sighted at 2200hrs steaming on the opposite course to ours, and the atmosphere grew rather tense when she signalled that the enemy was only 8 miles astern. She held her course and it was not until she was out of sight that she reported she had lost the contact, the fact that amused us"...
Much more details of the destroyers action can be read as well ("...they (Zulu torpedoes) were fired with a deflection 18, rather too much...")

The Polish ORP Piorun has been also mentioned "....at 2232 Piorun hoisted "N" and a few minutes later a ship was sighted in the mist ahead"..."Piorun distinguishing herself by opening fire as she turned away".
Very interesting supplement to the ADM Vian account, also memories of Polish LtCdr Plawski of ORP Piorun and probably many others memories.
I have made a quick search if there is any more information about Midshipman Hammick but found nothing.

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Old 11-02-2017, 17:30
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Default Re: HMS Zulu vs Bismarck - The Midshipmans account

I think the thread title may need editing.
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Old 11-02-2017, 19:50
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You are right - I am used to forget some letters in Polish so in English it is even easier!!!

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Old 11-02-2017, 20:41
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You are right - I am used to forget some letters in Polish so in English it is even easier!!!

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And here I thought my old colleague was just being dismissive of Midshipmen generally (or one in paricular). I'm glad I was wrong! :-)
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Thank's Don for having trust in me !

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