Allan Mallinson

Did the sinking of the Blücher in 1940 affect the outcome of the war?

The answer is, we shall never know – but one Norwegian colonel’s quick decision may have ensured Churchill’s premiership and the success of Dunkirk

The last of the Blücher: burning oil on the water spreads a dense black cloud as a small boat searches for survivors. [courtesy of Greenhill Books]

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