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Scappa Marine

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Alfred Stubbs
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Scappa Flow, Orkneys
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Royal Navy
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Contributed on: 
29 July 2005

This story has been submitted to the People’s War website by Peter Quinn of the Lancs. Home Guard, on behalf of Alfred Stubbs and has been added to the site with Mr. Stubbs’ permission………

In 1942-43, when I was posted to HMS Sparrowhawk, the RN Air Station on the Orkneys, I remember watching the Italian PoWs (who had been captured in the N. African Campaign) working on the anti U boat concrete barrier, known as the Churchill Barrier.
Churchill ordered it to be built after the U boat under Commander Prein got in the habour and sank the battleship ‘Royal Oak’.
I also saw the Italians building the famous Italian Chapel out of a Nissan hut. We were defending Scappa because Churchill was wary of its being attacked.

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