December 11, This Day during the World War ll

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December 11, 1942 – The Raid on Algiers took place on 11 December 1942, in the Algiers harbour. The attack was carried out by manned torpedoes and commando frogmen from the Decima Flottiglia MAS. On 4 December 1942, the Italian submarine Ambra of the Italian Royal Navy (Regia Marina) left the naval base of La Spezia, carrying three manned torpedoes and 10 commando frogmen. Air recoinnassance had discovered that the port of Algiers was crowded with Allied cargo ships, thus the Italian high command had decided to launch a combined operation involving both human torpedoes and combat swimmers carrying limpet mines. On the evening of 10 December, Ambra reached Algiers at a depth of 18 m (59 ft). One of the swimmers was employed as scout on the surface, and he guided the submarine toward a position 2,000 mt from the southern entrance to the harbour. He spotted six steamers…

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