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    HMS Devonshire (39) - She Sunk the Raider Atlantis.
    HMS Devonshire, pennant number 39, was a County-class heavy cruiser, commissioned in 1929. She was named for the county of Devonshire in southwest England. The ship spent most of her pre-World War II career assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet aside from a brief tour with the China Station.

    This flag is a jack. While all commissioned warships in the WWII navies of the British Empire wore the White Ensign, the individual ships wore the Union Flag as a jack. A jack is a flag of national character, flown at the bow when at anchor or moored, or dressing ship and elsewhere under special circumstances. It is a 60" x 120" completely sewn, wool flag, finished with a canvas header with integral snaps. The jack is unmarked, but has a maker's mark of John Edgington Ltd. sewn to the upper obverse hoist.

    When WWII started, Devonshire was in the Mediterranean, but quickly transferred to the Home Fleet as the flagship of a cruiser squadron for the Norwegian campaign where she evacuated most of the Norwegian government. After which she was sent to the south Atlantic to assist in an unsuccessful effort to free Senegal from Vichy France and to support the Free French in Africa while patrolling for German surface raiders. She was briefly reassigned to screen aircraft carriers sorting against Norway & Finland before returning to the south Atlantic where she sunk the Q-ship Atlantis. The Atlantis, commanded by the popular Kapitän-zur-See Bernhard Rogge, was perhaps the most successful of the surface raider skippers, whose story inspired the film Under Ten Flags. After sinking the Atlantis, Devonshire moved to the Indian Ocean for convoy, escort and patrol duty, before rejoining the Home Fleet for similar duty. After the capitulation of Germany, she brought troops home from Australia.
    This is a great piece for a Royal Navy, naval war or surface raider collector.

    In the Royal Navy, battle honors are cumulative to ship. Ships named Devonshire have earned the following battle honors: Barfleur, 1692; Finisterre, 1747; Ushant, 1747; Louisburg, 1758; Martinique, 1762; Havana, 1762; Norway, 1940; Arctic, 1941 and Diego Suarez, 1942.

    The jack is in Good Condition - used, worn and soiled, but otherwise complete.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.

    For those who did not receive a hard copy of the auction catalog, we present here the introductory comments and history of Dr. Rungee and his remarkable collection. If you scroll further, you will also find various contemporary newspaper articles, as well as a selection of the many letters of donation and transmittal which accompanied the collection and a categorization of the collection.


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    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
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