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    Omaha Beach Bombardment Ship - HMS Glasgow (C21).
    The seventh HMS Glasgow (C21) was a Southampton-class light cruiser commissioned in 1937 and named for the most populous city in Scotland. She has the somewhat dubious distinction of sinking two Allied ships during her wartime service, once though accidental collision and the other by gunfire.

    The White Ensign of the Glasgow is a 126" X 252" (14 breadths in width) wool bunting, completely sewn flag, finished with a roped canvas header finished with two Inglefield clips. The ensign is marked, "Ensign White [?] BRDS."

    Glasgow began WWII escorting ships and patrolling for German raiders in Scandinavian waters. While there, she successfully evacuated Norway's King Haakon and Crown Prince Olav, the Cabinet and a large portion of the Norwegian gold reserves. Before transiting the Mediterranean, she unfortunately rammed and sank the HMS Imogen, but rescued most of her crew. In the Mediterranean she participated in the reduction of the Italian Fleet at Taranto. While in the Med the ship was torpedoed and limped to Alexandria, where she was repaired enough to preform "2nd class" duties in the Indian Ocean. Here she continued her escort and patrol duties, supporting commando raids against the Italians in Somaliland. While in the Far East she unfortunately sank the Indian Navy's HMIS Prabhavati, again rescuing the survivors and transporting them to Bombay. In 1943, after a permanent repair, a complete refit and system upgrades in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, she returned to duty with the Royal Navy in Arctic waters, after which she provided escort duties for groups operating in the Bay of Biscay where she fought a pitched sea battle with German surface ships. For Operation Neptune, the naval component of the Invasion of Europe, Glasgow was assigned as one of the three cruisers to support the Texas and Arkansas as the Gunfire Bombardment Support Force C for Omaha Beach. After D-Day, she shelled German positions defending Cherbourg where she was severely damaged by enemy fire. After repairs, she was sent to the Pacific, but the war ended before she saw action.

    This ensign is suitable for a collector of WWII Royal Navy, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, D-Day, Omaha Beach and D-Day artifacts.

    In the Royal Navy Battle Honors accrue to the ship's name. The battle honors of the HMS Glasgow were increased by four during WWII: Lagos 1759; Havana 1762; Algiers 1816; Navarino 1827; Coronel 1914; Falkland Islands 1914; Norway 1940; Arctic 1943; Biscay 1943 and Normandy 1944.

    The White Ensign of the Glasgow is in Good to fair condition. It is used, worn and soiled with some minor damage and small holes in the canton near the hoist.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information, along with a 1947 letter of transmittal from the British Information Services in New York stating that the flag was being donated by the trustees of the Imperial War Museum.


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    14th Saturday
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