By Peter Grose
In might of 1942, the struggle appeared very far-off to so much Sydneysiders - until eventually the evening the 3 jap midget submarines crept into the harbour and triggered an unforgettable evening of mayhem, excessive farce, chaos and braveness. A ground-breaking new examine some of the most amazing tales of Australia at warfare.
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At the end of that month, she was once again tasked with shore 41 bombardment work, this time against Soviet troops on German soil. 3cm ammunition were fired at enemy forces around Cranz, near Königsberg, though by now the Soviet advance was unstoppable and the massive firepower of the Prinz Eugen could offer only temporary relief to the German defenders. Critical shortages of ammunition meant that Prinz Eugen could not go into action again until March when she bombarded Soviet forces around Gotenhafen, Zoppot, Danzig and Hela.
The bottom right quarter was also divided vertically with, at left, a blue and yellow diced field and, at right, a white field with a red horizontal bar at the top. The top right quarter shows a white field with red pattern and, to the left, a curved draped portion in red with a white horse rampant and at right a curved draped portion with black/yellow horizontal stripes over which ran a series of green fleur-de-lis motifs. Superimposed in the centre of the crest was a smaller shield, divided vertically with a red field bearing a white cross on the left and a blue field edged in red on the right.
Thereafter the British expended considerable effort in keeping track of the German group and they were spotted by British aircraft in Kalvenes Bay on 21 May. On the following day, the escorting destroyers were released and the two heavy units continued on alone, shielded to some degree by heavy mist. By the evening of the next day, the weather had closed down so much that the two ships could not keep each other in sight, even though they were only a few hundred metres apart. Rounding the northern tip of Iceland, the two turned south to run down through the Denmark Strait on 23 May.