By Maurice P. Northcott
Less than the 1914/15 Warship construction Programme, it used to be envisaged that 4 now battleships have been to be constructed.HMS Agincourt, a Queen Bizeberh style, was once to be buiJt at Portsmouth and HM Ships Resistance, Repulse and Renown to be equipped at Devonport.
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Initially there was no opposition to the landing, but at 0605 Eberle’s eagleeyed lookouts reported that the landing craft at Green Beach were being fired on by a shore battery. “Subsequent waves on this day were subjected to both shell fire and strafing by enemy planes,” Captain Moen reported. When a French searchlight snapped on, illuminating the jetty, a destroyer opened fire. ”6 French opposition to the landings surprised the Americans, who had hoped they would rally to the Allied cause. Instead senior French officials at Rabat had refused to confirm Gen.
The acrid, yellow smoke had barely blown away when Giffen’s covering group steamed into view. Admiral Giffen had ordered his ships back to Fedala at twenty-seven knots after receiving a report of two enemy light cruisers and a destroyer. Once again Massachusetts dueled with El Hank battery while Tuscaloosa, Wichita, and the destroyer Rhind closed the harbor to engage a cruiser. Lt. D. Elliot Jr. M. Barclay were flying above this new phase of the naval battle, directing Tuscaloosa’s fire on the Gloire and the much battered Primaguet.
When French batteries at Port Lyautey began lobbing shells into the transport area, at 0710 Admiral Kelly gave the order “Play ball” to the Northern Attack Force. Although the transports had already begun to move out of gun range, they weren’t quick enough to avoid enemy fire. 5'') caused us to go full speed,” Captain Gray wrote. Clymer’s skipper, Captain Moen, ordered her boats to pull way, and the transport got under way at full speed. “At 0717 we were straddled, two shells falling about 25 yards short of the port quarter, one close under the starboard bow, cutting the main radio antenna and one dead astern about 50 yards.