16 Oct 1939

United Kingdom
  • British Royal Navy Commander R. F. Jolly, despite being seriously wounded by an air attack by a German Junkers Ju 88 bomber in the Firth of Forth, Scotland, United Kingdom, steadfastly refused medical treatment or requests that he left the bridge of HMS Mohawk until some eighty minutes later when he had finally brought his damaged destroyer into the safety at Rosyth. Taken ashore he lived on for another five hours before his death in hospital at South Queensferry, Scotland. For his heroism Commander Jolly was awarded, a week later, with a posthumous Empire Gallantry Medal (later replaced by a George Cross, a decoration only second in precedence to the Victoria Cross). ww2dbase [Rosyth, Scotland | AC]
23 Oct 1939

United Kingdom
12 Mar 1940

United Kingdom
  • 20,000 British troops embarked on transport ships at Rosyth, Scotland and waited for the order to sail to Norway, through which country they would march into Finland to aid in the war against Soviet Union as well as to secure iron mines in Sweden. ww2dbase [Rosyth, Scotland | TH]
27 Apr 1940

United Kingdom
  • The British submarine HMS Clyde (N 12), under command of Lieutenant Commander D. C. Ingram, RN departed Rosyth in Scotland, United Kingdom for her 8th war patrol. She was to carry out Operation Knife, the supplying of Norwegian forces in the Sondefjord north of Bergen with arms and ammunition. ww2dbase [Rosyth, Scotland | HM]
13 Sep 1940

United Kingdom
4 Jan 1944

Photo(s) dated 4 Jan 1944
Missing port rail of Norwegian destroyer HNoMS Stord, damaged in heavy seas during the Battle of the North Cape, Rosyth, Scotland, United Kingdom, 4 Jan 1944. Note depth charge launchers.Norwegian destroyer HNoMS Stord at Rosyth, Scotland, United Kingdom, 4 Jan 1944 after the Battle of the North Cape. Note churning water from Stord’s reversed port screw.Norwegian destroyer HNoMS Stord’s commanding officer LtCdr Skule Storheill (left) and his first lieutenant Lt T. Holthe aboard the Stord in Rosyth harbor, Scotland, United Kingdom, 4 Jan 1944

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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