HMS Queen Elizabeth, Alexandria, 1 January 1942
This picture shows Sir Andrew Cunningham saluting the hosting of the flag on HMS Queen Elizabeth on 1 January 1942, in Alexandria Harbour. At first glance this is a normal picture of a warship, but it was actually part of a deception operation. The Queen Elizabeth had been badly damaged by Italian divers using manned torpedoes in a daring raid on 19 December 1941, and was out of action for nine months. All of the Italian divers were captured, and an attempt was made to pretend that the Queen Elizabeth was still in service. This didn't last for long, as she soon had to go into drydock for repairs.
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