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Animation: How Three Men You Probably Never Heard of Helped End WWII

H.M.S. Petard was a British Navy destroyer during WWII. It was responsible for sinking German, Italian, and Japanese submarines and carried three men of incredible bravery and courage. One night, after a 10-hour battle in the Mediterranean, those men dived into the sea and boarded a sinking German U-boat, recovering vital Nazi documents and secret codebooks that helped crack the Enigma code, which kept U-boat communications completely blocked from British code breakers for 10 months. This short animation by Mike Brookes is a tribute to those heroic men of H.M.S. Petard who ultimately helped to win WWII.

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