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    George VI Royal Navy Midshipman's Dirk With Bullion Cord, Scabbard & Foul Weathe Royal Navy Midshipman's Dirk With Bullion Cord, Scabbard & Foul Weather / Transi Other Blades
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    George VI Royal Navy Midshipman's Dirk With Bullion Cord, Scabbard & Foul Weathe Royal Navy Midshipman's Dirk With Bullion Cord, Scabbard & Foul Weather / Transi Other Blades

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    WW2 VICTORIA CROSS RECIPIENT MIDGET SUBMARINE TIRPITZ ATTACK ** George VI Royal Navy Midshipman's Dirk With Bullion Cord, Scabbard & Foul Weather / Transit Cover To Rear Admiral Basil Charles Godfrey Place VC, CB, CVO, DSC. With Provenance From Family - 17618

    Rear Admiral Basil Charles Godfrey Place, VC, CB, CVO, DSC (19 July 1921 – 27 December 1994), known as Godfrey Place, was an officer in the Royal Navy and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was 22 years old, and a lieutenant in the Royal Navy during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. On 22 September 1943 at Kåfjord, North Norway, Lieutenant Place, commanding Midget Submarine X7, and another lieutenant (Donald Cameron) commanding Midget Submarine X.6, carried out a most daring and successful attack on the German Battleship Tirpitz. The two submarines had to travel at least 1,000 miles from base, negotiate a mine-field, dodge nets, gun defences and enemy listening posts. Having eluded all these hazards they finally placed the charges underneath the ship where they went off an hour later, doing so much damage that Tirpitz was out of action for months. The full citation was published in a supplement to the London Gazette of 18 February 1944 (dated 22 February 1944) and read: The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the VICTORIA CROSS for valour to: Lieutenant Basil Charles Godfrey Place, D.S.C., Royal Navy. Lieutenant Donald Cameron, R.N.R. Lieutenants Place and Cameron were the Commanding Officers of two of His Majesty's Midget Submarines X 7 and X 6 which on 22nd September 1943 carried out a most daring and successful attack on the German Battleship Tirpitz, moored in the protected anchorage of Kaafiord, North Norway. To reach the anchorage necessitated the penetration of an enemy minefield and a passage of fifty miles up the fiord, known to be vigilantly patrolled by the enemy and to be guarded by nets, gun defences and listening posts, this after a passage of at least a thousand miles from base. Having successfully eluded all these hazards and entered the fleet anchorage, Lieutenants Place and Cameron, with a complete disregard for danger, worked their small craft past the close anti-submarine and torpedo nets surrounding the Tirpitz, and from a position inside these nets, carried out a cool and determined attack. Whilst they were still inside the nets a fierce enemy counter attack by guns and depth charges developed which made their withdrawal impossible. Lieutenants Place and Cameron therefore scuttled their craft to prevent them falling into the hands of the enemy. Before doing so they took every measure to ensure the safety of their crews, the majority of whom, together with themselves, were subsequently taken prisoner. In the course of the operation these very small craft pressed home their attack to the full, in doing so accepting all the dangers inherent in such vessels and facing every possible hazard which ingenuity could devise for the protection in harbour of vitally important Capital Ships. The courage, endurance and utter contempt for danger in the immediate face of the enemy shown by Lieutenants Place and Cameron during this determined and successful attack were supreme. Later Godfrey Place was awarded the Polish Cross of Valour for his service as liaison officer in the Polish submarine ORP Sokół and the Distinguished Service Cross for his role in the sinking of the Italian submarine Guglielmotti by HMS Unbeaten off Sicily in March 1942. In 1950, he took the unusual step for a submariner of transferring to the Fleet Air Arm, training as a pilot and gaining his "wings" in 1952. Later that year he saw action in the Korean War, flying the Sea Fury in 801 Squadron from the deck of the carrier HMS Glory. He later achieved the rank of rear-admiral. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Imperial War Museum in London. This is Rear Admiral Godfey’s Naval Dirk awarded to him on passing out from the Britannia Royal Naval College in 1938. A note signed by the Officer’s son Charles Place dated 14th February 2020 describes how the dirk was presented to his father, mentions his award of the VC and describes his Father as “an unusual Naval officer who saw active service, below on and above the waves”. The note also describes his biography ; Midget Submarine Commander The Life Of Godrey Place by Paul Watkins being published in 2012. The signed note accompanies the dirk and a copy of a period image of the Officer is illustrated in image 2. The Odfficer’s George VI Royal Navy Dirk measures 23 ½” overall and has an 18" etched steel blade with blued decorative foliate panels on both sides. On one side the panels incorporate the Kings Crown and Naval fouled anchor motif together with heraldic arms. The other side has the King George VI Royal Cypher and foliate panels. There is no visible manufacturer mark. It has a Brass hilt with wire bound shark skin grip, lion head pommel with lanyard ring & cross guard with Anchor & Rope centre piece & acorn finials. The hilt is fitted with original bullion cord. It is complete with its original black leather scabbard with brass locket & chape. The mounts are decoratively engraved. The upper mount also has 2 hanging rings and is fitted with locking catch which snugly fits into a slot in the cross guard of the dirk and securely retains the dirk in the scabbard. The dirk comes with original lined leather foul weather /transit cover with flap and retaining strap with buckle. The price for this historic piece to a WW2 VC submariner hero includes UK delivery. Sn 17618
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    Price£ 1,495
    Sale typeTrade
    MakeGeorge VI Royal Navy Midshipman's Dirk With Bullion Cord, Scabbard & Foul Weathe
    Manufactured YearGeorge VI Era
    Your reference17618

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