The Decoys

A Tale of Three Atlantic Convoys, 1942

Bernard Edwards

Publication date:
October 2012
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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In November 1942, Britain and America launched Operation TORCH, the ambitious invasion of French North Africa.
To convey 70,000 troops and their equipment required 600 merchant ships crossing the U-boat infested North Atlantic. The need for their protection meant withdrawing escorts from the routine convoys.  Amongst those left without adequate defence were RB 1 and SC 107, both eastbound from America, and SL 125, northbound from Freetown.  All three were at sea at the same time as the TORCH convoys.