U-boat U-47 sinks the British battleship HMS Royal Oak
14th October 1939
Royal Oak fell victim to the skill and audacity of U-boat ace Kapitanleutnant Gunther Prien in U47. He slipped through the defences of the Royal Navy's wartime anchorage in the Orkneys and put four torpedoes into the dreadnought on 14th October 1939. The battleship sank in less than 15 minutes; of her ship's company of more than 1200, 833 perished.
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