THE ROYAL NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR
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The destroyer, HMS DEFENDER, and Royal Navy cruisers take up their positions during a fleet action in the Mediterranean south of Sardinia. The photograph was taken from on board the cruiser HMS SHEFFIELD. In the morning of the 27th September 1940, British naval forces operating to the west of Sardinia received reports from reconnaissance aircraft that enemy forces consisting of two battleships and a large number of cruisers and destroyers were at sea about 75 miles to the north-east. British forces increased to full speed and altered course to close the enemy in the hope of bringing him into action.
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