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"Crossing the T' at the Surigao Strait

Discussion in 'Naval Warfare in the Pacific' started by ww2thebigone, Nov 1, 2016.

  1. USAAFson

    USAAFson Member

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    Story about the dye shells. When the US was landing troops in Morocco in '42 the French battleship Jean Bart was under repair, but still fought back. It's dye color was yellow. One shell hit close to the US command ship bathing George S. Patton in yellow. .
     
  2. Takao

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    Jean Bart was assigned orange as her dye color. Sistership Richelieu was assigned yellow.

    I wonder, is the story apocryphal, shells from another ship, or was the Jean Bart firing shells meant for her sister.
     
  3. RichTO90

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    An officer on the Augusta kept a journal in which he said the men topside told him the dye splashes were yellow, but there is no mention of Patton and Hewitt getting splashed. Harry Yeide mentions the incident in Fighting Patton, but I do not know what he referenced it to. Otherwise, there does not appear to be many other sources for this incident.
     
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