Saturday 20 January 2018

Facts adrift

• In regard to the recent recovery of silver bullion from a World War Two wreck (Irish Independent July 19) you note that: "The British and Indian sailors abandoned ship under U-boat machine gun fire, but only one person . . . survived the long journey to shore."

I appreciate that anti-German sentiment is all the vogue in Ireland at this time, but a little historical accuracy might be a bit more appropriate.

The Gairsoppa was torpedoed at midnight on a stormy February night -- survivors of the initial explosions all took to the lifeboats, but many lost their lives to exposure and a storm in the following two weeks.

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