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Altmark affair

Engagement/Skirmish Name : Altmark affair

Date(s) : 17 February 1940

Part of : Second World War , North-West Europe , Norwegian Campaign ,


The German supply ship Altmark carrying a large number of British merchant seamen taken prisoner by the Graf Spee lay in Jossingfjord. Although it was in Norwegian territorial waters Churchill authorised naval action. The destroyer HMS Cossack entered the fjord and put armed sailors abord the Altmark. The prisoners were released and the vessel sunk.