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Convoy Will Scatter: The Full Story of Jervis Bay and Convoy HX84
 
 

Convoy Will Scatter: The Full Story of Jervis Bay and Convoy HX84 [Kindle Edition]

Bernard Edwards
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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

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5246 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword Maritime (27 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LCAEBG6
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,908 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading 8 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover
The story of Convoy HX 84 was just one example in the struggle that was the Battle of the Atlantic, and while the story of the Jervis Bay is known, as well as that of the battered tanker San Demetrio, this book goes further by telling the true story of how other ships and crews took on unbeatable odds to give the scattered convoy precious time to escape onslaught from the German surface raider, Admiral Scheer, resulting in their own destruction for which few, if any, of their crew were to survive, such as that of the SS Beaverford.

Convoy will Scatter is tense and poignant reading, with each chapter addressing a specific aspect of the convoy. It is certainly well written and easily draws you in. The author, Bernard Edwards, not only delivers the facts but builds a superb visual picture of the various situations, and in some cases the key personalities involved, which is backed up by thorough research and key period photographs.

This book is a tribute to the achievements and the sacrifices of the merchant seaman, and reminds us that we owe them a huge debt of gratitude. A great book and worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good buy 28 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The story of the Jervis Bay is fairly well known, but what is not so well known is what happened to the rest of the ships in the convoy. This book tells you the story of all the other ships and what their fate was. The author has certainly done a lot of research to tell us their stories
Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the lives of seaman and ships during the second world war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important Historical Record 26 Aug 2013
By atticusfinch1048 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I as a teenager in the 1980s I am the last generation to have been taught by men who had fought in the Second World War. I remember one teacher in particular who was a tall upright man, well spoken and well educated, who had spent his war years in the Royal Navy as an officer. He would tell us about his time on the Atlantic Convoys and the fear of being attacked, while there was also the exhilaration of the hunt and destruction of U-Boats. He also introduced me to a book that I still read to remind myself of that side of war, Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat while reading Convoy will Scatter it reminded me of that story.

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. The Navy had sacrificed themselves as a diversion to allow the merchant ships to escape amid the gunsmoke. This book shows the bravery of the men and why Captain Edward Fogarty Fegan earnt his VC and that the stories of the Jervis Bay and Beaverford sacrifice would have died with the war if it wasn't for the neutral freighter the Stureholm who picked up the survivors.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read - Interesting Topic 2 Dec 2013
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I found this book quite interesting, being a rare one covering this topic. However, in one sense it was oversold - the author feels that the Canadian Pacific ship Beaverford made a larger contribution to the defense of HX-84 than HMS Jervis Bay did, but then doesn't really provide any supporting evidence towards that outcome. True, the German KM Admiral Scheer was delayed by the Beaverford, but how much? Still, overall an excellent read.
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