• Short Summary

    The first German submarine ever to visit Britain arrived at Portsmouth on November 11 (Remembrance Day).

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    The first German submarine ever to visit Britain arrived at Portsmouth on November 11 (Remembrance Day).

    And the storm that broke was almost as big as if it had been a war-time visit.

    British Legion headquarters, London, told Visnews:
    "It was thoughtlessness on someone' part to say the least. Those connected with the sea should have good reason to remember the significance of Remembrance Day and the memories it revives."
    But from Portsmouth itself the comments were far stronger. Brigadier I. Clarke, Conservative M.P. and president of the Portsmouth Branch of the British Legion, said that the timing of the visit was disgraceful.

    "It is a gross misjudgment on the part of the Admiralty. It will hurt the feelings of many people. I shall take it up with the First Lord (of the Admiralty) and ask him on what basis he allowed the submarine to come here."
    An Admiralty spokesman explained that the arrival date had been mutually arranged by the British and German naval authorities as being the most convenient.

    The submarine, the 250-ton Hecht, one of the smallest sea-going submarines in service, is commanded by former U-boat captain R. Reche.

    It is in Britain for a week's stay as part of NATO training. The crew is to receive training in the Royal Navy's submarine escape tank, Gosport.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD2WCPXTP225EDUV3VTNZBGQYU
    Media URN:
    VLVAD2WCPXTP225EDUV3VTNZBGQYU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/11/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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