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Posted on 06/18/2015

Photo taken on May 10, 2015

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Foulon Cemetery, Le Foulon, Guernsey, Channel Islands 10 May 2015

Foulon Cemetery, Le Foulon, Guernsey, Channel  Islands 10 May 2015
HMS Charybdis (88) was a Dido Class cruiser laid down in 1939. She served with distinction in the Mediterranean and elsewhere, taking a very active part in Operation Pedestal, a bitterly contested convoy taking supplies to beleaguered Malta. She was sunk by German Torpedo Boats on 23 October 1943 in Operation Tunnel, known as the Battle of the Sept Isles, to interdict the blockade runner Muensterland. Another ship, HMS Limborne, was scuttled as a result of damage in the same action. The operation was so badly handled that it was used for years at the RN Tactical School as an example of how not to conduct a naval operation. In all, 464 men of Charybdis and Limborne died and 107 survived the tragedy, the biggest single Channel loss of the war.
The Germans conducted a burial service with full military honours at Foulon for the 21 sailors and marines washed ashore on Guernsey, allowing the local population to attend. 5000 did so, fetching 900 wreaths; one local managed to steal a Union Jack from a coffin, this is now preserved in St John's Church. Incensed at the propaganda coup handed to the islanders, the Germans stopped the locals attending future military funerals of Allied personnel.