WWII Quiz - Page 171




 
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January 29th, 2009  
BritinAfrica
 
 
I dont know if this has been asked before. However, here goes:-

Where did the term "Double Cross" come from and why?
January 29th, 2009  
perseus
 
 
The Double Cross System or XX System, was a World War II anti-espionage and deception operation of the British military intelligence arm, MI5. Nazi agents in Britain were captured and used by the British to broadcast mainly disinformation to their Nazi controllers. It is unlikely that the term originated from this since it did exist in the 19th century

BritinAfrica. It is normal to deal with one question at a time unless you think mine is too absurd ! Sorry if it is too difficult, I just thought it may be more fun to think for a change rather than Googling/wiki the answer directly which is what I just did with yours.

I will give another clue if you like.
January 29th, 2009  
Mark Conley
 
 
That was a good question about the ship. It makes sense when you realize the whole ship didnt sink...just a part of it.

The ship is The USS Murphy. a united states destroyer, DD 603. She was rammed by a tanker. the ship split in two...but only the bow sank. The stern was towed back to port, where a new bow was made, fitted, and she went on with her life.

She was decomissioned in 1946. She was sold for scrap as related by persus.

Good question indeed. Makes you think. A ship that only half sunk.
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January 30th, 2009  
MontyB
 
 
I tend to agree it was an interesting question, as far as a ship only half sinking goes though isn't there a picture of one of the British Battle cruisers that had been destroyed during the battle of Jutland with both its bow and stern above water but it had been snapped in half.
January 30th, 2009  
BritinAfrica
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by perseus
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BritinAfrica. It is normal to deal with one question at a time unless you think mine is too absurd ! Sorry if it is too difficult, I just thought it may be more fun to think for a change rather than Googling/wiki the answer directly which is what I just did with yours.

I will give another clue if you like.
Sorry mate I thought it was answered.

A half sunk ship? hmmm. Very good question.

There was a tanker that broke in half not far from here a few years ago, her bow section sank, but her stern went aground. After years of being stuck, the stern section finally lifted off and joined the bow section on the bottom.

The answer you gave to my question was not complete.
January 30th, 2009  
perseus
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark Conley
That was a good question about the ship. It makes sense when you realize the whole ship didnt sink...just a part of it.

The ship is The USS Murphy. a united states destroyer, DD 603. She was rammed by a tanker. the ship split in two...but only the bow sank. The stern was towed back to port, where a new bow was made, fitted, and she went on with her life.

She was decomissioned in 1946. She was sold for scrap as related by persus.

Good question indeed. Makes you think. A ship that only half sunk.
Well done Mark, thought it would take a bit longer before someone came up with the answer.
January 30th, 2009  
Mark Conley
 
 
well thanks perseus. but i cant think of any good questions...please come up with another good one, or maybee....

anyway, i loved the question. i wont answer the next one...lol.
January 30th, 2009  
perseus
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BritinAfrica

The answer you gave to my question was not complete.
Mark, I don't have another question at present, perhaps we can finish off BritinAfrica's question about the Double Cross.
February 3rd, 2009  
Mayser
 
 
perseus...didnt u already answer that question from BritinAfrica's question???
February 3rd, 2009  
BritinAfrica
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mayser
perseus...didnt u already answer that question from BritinAfrica's question???
No, he only answered part of the question.

The remaining part of the question is,
Why was the term "double cross" used?