This book brings to life the bravery of the men on convoy HX 84 and the sacrifice of a few which saved many and allowed the bulk of the convoy to carry on to Port with their precious cargo. How when out gunned the Captain of Jervis Bay attacked the Battleship Admiral Scheer and in doing so saved many more lives while laying down his and the crews. This is the story of how the sheer determination and bravery of the Navy were able to fight and protect Convoy HX 84 meaning that out of 37 merchant ships that only 4 merchant ships were sunk. As the veterans of the Atlantic battles and convoys are now on their final journeys to another life it is now more important to record the debt we owe, Bernard Edwards records this in Convoy Will Scatter.This book is a well researched historical record of Convoy HX 84 and those men who gave their lives in the service to protect us and as the years slip by this book will become more important because those who paid the ultimate price deserve to have their story remembered and not forgotten in the depths of the ocean or time. Reviewed by: Paul Diggett Goodreads, Amazon, Shelfari, Library thing, The Reading Room and Waterstones
On 5 November, 1940 the eastbound convoy HX 84 of thirty-seven merchant ships, escorted by the armed merchant cruiser HMS Jervis Bay, was attacked in mid-Atlantic by the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer. The Jervis Bay, commanded by Captain Edward Fegen, charged at the enemy. Hopelessly out-gunned, she was blown out of the water by the Scheer's 11-inch guns. Meanwhile, led by HX 84's commodore ship, the Cardiff tramp Cornish City, the merchantmen scattered under the cover of a smoke screen, were picked off one by one by the radar-equipped Admiral Scheer. Captain Hugh Pettigrew, commanding the highly armed Canadian Pacific cargo liner Beaverford, began a desperate game of hide and seek with the Scheer, which continued until Beaverford was sunk with no survivors. Thanks to this sacrifice, incredibly only four other merchantmen were sunk. Later the neutral flag Swedish freighter Stureholm, commanded by Captain Olander, picked up survivors from the Jervis Bay. Without this brave and dangerous gesture no one would have lived to tell the tale of the death throes of the Jervis Bay, whose Captain was awarded the VC. Sadly, the history books only mention the Beaverford and the Stureholm in passing. This thrilling book puts the record straight.