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The Infamous Laconia Order by Michael Walsh

How did a squadron of U.S. bombers break the rules of the sea in an action that led to the loss of tens of thousands of Allied seamen from autumn 1942? Few stories illustrate the power of the half-lie better than Allied propaganda relating to the ‘infamous Laconia Order’. This was Hitler’s instruction that forbade German shipping from picking up distressed survivors at sea, which was usual practice before the sinking of the Laconia.

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