No Room For Sensitivity

I have been an Anglophile since WWII, although my ardor has recently cooled.
I am reading a great book, Enigma: The Battle For the Code and one passage defines my ardor:

“The Operation Archery task force was scheduled to leave Scapa Flow on 24 December 1941. Before they left, ‘Beaky’ Armstrong, the commander of HMS Onslow , the destroyer which was to transport Allon Bacon to Norway, called his officers together to explain what to do if their ship came under fire. ‘If you see anyone panicking, shoot him,’ he ordered. One of his officers remonstrated at this, saying, ‘That’s a bit steep, sir.’ Whereupon Armstrong replied, ‘You’re right. Bring him to the bridge, and I’ll shoot him.’ He had no time for cowards.”

The British were in a life-to-death struggle with the Nazis, and they had no room for sensitivity.

The book documents not the Bletchley Park part of the breaking of Enigma, but the British Navy’s almost phrenetic search for code books and Enigma rotors on captured U-Boats, tiny island support groups and armed trawlers to keep the Lads at Bletchley Park reasonably up to date.

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