Saturday, 10 September 2016

10th September 1943 ON THIS DAY IN RWF HISTORY

Sinking of HMS Abdiel, 1943

The 6th Bn (Royal Welch) The Parachute Regt was serving in North Africa. It was warned for operations which turned out to be in Italy. The battalion boarded HMS Abdiel on the evening of the 8th. When it reached Taranto Bay in Italy, no move was made to disembark the troops. On the 10th, shortly after midnight there was a violent explosion and Abdiel began to sink. Fifty-eight members
of the battalion were lost, including the CO and RSM.

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