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More than just a compelling read, First Convoy to Die is also a long-overdue tribute to those ordinary people whoe participated in an extraordinary event. About the Author: David O'Brien has degrees in history and museology and has worked for many years for the Historic Sites branch of Parks Canada.
The Wolfpack Attack that Woke up the Admiralty. Descripton: Convoy HX-72 and its attempted destruction by the first wolfpack
The Wolfpack Attack that Woke up the Admiralty. By O'Brien, David 1999, Nimbus, Halifax ISBN 1551092735 Glossy cover, 168 pages. Descripton: Convoy HX-72 and its attempted destruction by the first wolfpack. A wake up call to the Admiralty and pivotal to the development of a new naval strategy.
This convoy – named HX 72 – was the seventy-second convoy to begin the crossing between Halifax and Liverpool since September 16, 1939. HX 72 First Convoy to Die: The Wolfpack Attach that Woke up the Admiralty. Halifax, Nimbus Publishing Limited, 1999, 168 pp. Sarty, Roger. These British, Canadian, Norwegian, Greek, Dutch and Polish ships carried thousands of tons of petroleum products, steel, cotton, wood, TNT (explosives), phosphorus, sulphate, aircraft engines, aircraft, tanks and other pieces of military equipment. The convoy sailed under the supervision of the Royal Canadian Navy's Naval Control of Shipping Division.
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HX 72 was an east-bound convoy of 43 ships which sailed from Halifax on 9 September 1940 bound for Liverpool .
HX 72 was an east-bound convoy of 43 ships which sailed from Halifax on 9 September 1940 bound for Liverpool and carrying war materials. The convoy, made up of contingents from Halifax, Sydney and Bermuda was led by Commodore HH Rogers RNR in Tregarthen. Escorts at this stage of the campaign were generally meagre; convoys generally were unescorted, or had just an armed merchant cruiser (AMC) as protection against surface raiders until reaching the Western Approaches.
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Convoy ON 92 was a trade convoy of merchant ships during the Second World War. It was the 92nd of the numbered series of ON convoys Outbound from the British Isles to North America. The ships departed Liverpool on 6 May 1942 and were joined on 7 May by Mid-Ocean Escort Force Group A-3. The convoy was discovered by Wolfpack Hecht on 11 May; seven ships were sunk before the U-boats lost contact on 13 May. Surviving ships reached Halifax, Nova Scotia on 21 May.