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Dogger Bank - On The Radio

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Russian flag battleship 'Suvorov', at around 20:55, received radio call from repair-transport 'Kamchatka' stating she's being chased by Japanese destroyers.

Radio Traffic
Kamchatka:
"Chased by enemy destroyers"
Suvorov:     
 "Are you really chased? How many destroyers? Which direction they coming from?
Kamchatka:
"We are attacked from all directions"
Suvorov:
 "How many destroyers? Be specific."
Kamchatka:
"Approximately around eight"
Suvorov:  
"How far away from your position"
Kamchatka:
"Once got closer than the mile"
Suvorov:   
 "Have they fired any torpedoes?"
Kamchatka:
"None we could see"
Suvorov:
"What are your coordinates and course?"
Kamchatka:
"We're afraid to state those"
Suvorov:  
"Increase speed, sail west"

Later at 0:55 main battleship squadron apparently sailed through English fishing flotilla whom they mistook for the enemy destroyers since later seemed to manoeuvre suspiciously. All squadron turned their search lights on, gun operators stressed enough during previous three days by false alarms snapped and opened fire, as one eyewitness later recalled "all fleet went into firing frenzy", fire was accurate, then all of the sudden two search lights were staring at the main squadron, someone muttered "this indeed must be where main attack comes from". Another round of frenzy fire commenced, then upon seeing them giving friendly signals, firing ceased, turnout it was cruisers "Donskoi" and "Avrora", "Avrora" received five hits, only casualty was a cruiser's priest Father Afanasij was mortally wounded.

Admiral Rozhestvensky's official after action report:
"Due to suspicious movements by the steam fishing trawlers and then being not certain if all of the assailing enemy destroyers were skunk, I left victim's fate to the surviving fishing trawlers".

Later when Russian fleet sailed into Spanish port of Vega, cheering crowds of Spaniards, who hated the English, greeted the Russians as heroes. Rozhdestvensky was covered with flowers thrown upon him.

Hullwebs would like to express their appreciation to Kevin Lee
for allowing the puplication of his extensive research on these pages.


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