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Diary December 18, 1941

HMS Queen Elizabeth in Alexandria harbour
HMS Queen Elizabeth in Alexandria harbour surrounded by anti-torpedo nets, which were useless against the Italian ‘human torpedoes’.
WW2 War Diary for Thursday, December 18, 1941:

Sea War

Mediterranean – severe British naval losses (night December 18-19): ‘Force K‘ runs into minefield off Tripoli – cruiser Neptune and destroyer Kandahar sink (1 survivor on Neptune); 2 other cruisers damaged, 3 ‘human torpedo’ crews penetrate Alexandria Harbour and sink battleships Queen Elizabeth and Valiant (they are subsequently raised and repaired after many months).

China

Hong Kong: Japanese troops land on Hong Kong Island (night December 18-19).

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