Gunnery Director In Royal Navy’s Last Battleship Versus Battleship Action Dies Aged 101

Posted on April 19, 2016

Cobley was gunnery director in the battleship Duke of York, flagship of the Home Fleet, when she stalked and intercepted the German battleship Scharnhorst off the North Cape, Norway, on Boxing Day 1943. Guided by radar through the snow and darkness of the Arctic midwinter, Duke of York closed unseen to within 12,000 yards of the German, and at 16:50 Cobley pressed the switch to fire four well-placed starshells, which caught the enemy by surprise.

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