My grandad was on the convoys, got sunk twice though never injured, he had a properly crap war in the most part. Used to be quite funny watching my grandads get pissed together "and then we spent the entire week knocking ice off the ship with hammers" "You should have been an RAF groundcrew like me dossing around in Ceylon and India. I saw the Taj Mahal and everything, it was mint."
theotherjonv - Member
I was also fascinated by the Tirpitz. Why wasn't it at sea if it could cause that much of a problem to these convoys and was basically impervious to the escorts? Then I googled it, and it seems it was never properly used in anger, was disabled by minisubs and was sunk by airborne bombing.
I think the idea was that it could tie up allied resources just by existing- so it could cause a lot of disruption without being put at risk or even burning up fuel etc.