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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2021 9:12 p.m. PST

"Lasting five years, eight months and five days, the Battle of the Atlantic was the longest military campaign of WWII. Allied supply convoys were being continuously threatened by German U-boats and Luftwaffe aircraft, and when Italy's Regia Marina introduced submarines into the mix when they entered the war in June of 1940, Allies were exhausting every idea possible to protect lives along with invaluable resources. Enter Winston Churchill, an unmatched powerhouse of a leader during the war who, in this instance, spearheaded a project more akin to a fictional Bond villain than a 1940's combat strategy.

The concept came from British journalist, educator, and inventor, Geoffrey Pyke. Pyke was no stranger to the perils of war, having been in a German internment camp during WWI after being caught traveling there using someone else's passport, in an attempt to work as a war correspondent. He had been arrested just six days after he arrived, and spent over 100 days in solitary confinement before escaping. Despite his continued contributions to both war efforts, he would go on to struggle both personally and professionally, before committing suicide in 1948 at age 54. The British paper "The Times" printed his obituary, which included, "The death of Geoffrey Pyke removes one of the most original if unrecognized figures of the present century."…"

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Maybe … some day … a crazy wargamer will make one and use it in some Naval game … (smile)

Armand

Icebergs09 Jun 2021 1:39 a.m. PST

I seem to remember someone did produce a small scal model – Hallmark?

Gear Pilot09 Jun 2021 7:15 a.m. PST

"Pykrete"

John the OFM09 Jun 2021 8:06 a.m. PST

"Plausible but ludicrous. Exactly.
There is just so much undiscovered engineering in this concept. My first thought was about propulsion.
Another one of Winston's brainstorms.

cmdr kevin09 Jun 2021 12:00 p.m. PST

I have a few minis of it in 1/6000 scale
even at that size its several inches long

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2021 1:42 p.m. PST

Thanks!

Armand

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