The Scrap Iron Flotilla (named by Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels) refers to WW1-era Australian destroyers that, despite their age, played a crucial role in resupplying Australian troops besieged in Tobruk in WW2.


Stephen Loosley writing in the Strategist, makes the following points:
  • The ships were old but resilient.
  • Flotilla operated in the strategically vital Mediterranean Sea.
  • Helped the UK maintain access to the Suez Canal and the route to India and Australia.
  • a German victory in North Africa would have closed the Suez canal to the allies.


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