Fainting in Coyles An occasional letter from the
Heart of Euroville
Sunday, February 22, 2004
Forgive me father, for I have stolen. Britain declared war on Japan soon after the US. The Royal Navy signalled all ship's and shore stations with the news. One group receiving the signal was a small group of escorts struggling to herd a convoy of reluctant merchantmen across the Atlantic. The Flotilla leader decoded the signal and relayed it to all the other escorts by lamp and flag hoist.
The signal read:
"Commence hostilities with Japan."
One of the escorts immediately flashed a reply:
"Request permission to finish breakfast first."