Allied Warships

HMS Bramble (i) (J 11)

Minesweeper of the Halcyon class


HMS Bramble (photo ADM 176/873)

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassHalcyon 
PennantJ 11 
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) : Barclay Curle 
Ordered1 Aug 1937 
Laid down22 Nov 1937 
Launched12 Jul 1938 
Commissioned22 Jun 1939 
Lost31 Dec 1942 
History

HMS Bramble (Cdr. Henry Thew Rust, DSO, RN) was sunk by the German destroyer Friedrich Eckoldt in the Barents Sea on 31 December 1942 while escorting convoy JW-51B to Russia. 121 men drowned onboard her.

 

Commands listed for HMS Bramble (i) (J 11)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Robert Oliver Fitzroy, RN22 Aug 193927 Mar 1940
2Capt. Markham Henry Evelegh, RN27 Mar 194030 Jun 1941
3Lt.Cdr. John Cecil Benson, DSC, RNVR30 Jun 194122 Jul 1941
4Capt. John Harvey Forbes Crombie, RN22 Jul 194115 Nov 1942
5Cdr. Henry Thew Rust, DSO, RN15 Nov 194231 Dec 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving Bramble (i) include:


30 Dec 1942
On 30 December 1942 the German heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper attacked convoy JW.51B and was held at bay by the British destroyers HMS Onslow, HMS Obedient, HMS Obdurate and HMS Orwell. When renewing her attack she was engaged by the British cruisers HMS Sheffield and HMS Jamaica and was badly damaged them. The only success of the operation was the sinking of the destroyer HMS Achates and the minesweeper HMS Bramble, the destroyers HMS Onslow, HMS Obedient, HMS Obdurate and HMS Orwell were damaged in the action.


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