Fatal Impact
Artist: Michel Guyot
Original painting is gouache on paper measuring approx 16" x 12" (40cm x 30cm) 
Subject: G
nther Prien's U47 leaving Scapa Flow after torpedoing HMS Royal Oak

The story behind the painting...


 
Gnther Prien's U47 crept into the "protected" harbour at Scapa Flow and successfully torpedoed and sank the unsuspecting 29,150-ton HMS Royal Oak with a loss of 833 lives in the early hours of the morning on 14th October 1939.

Following this attack U47 was adorned with what has become one of the most well-known U-boat conning tower insignias - the snorting bull, also known as "The Bull of Scapa Flow".

Gnther Prien went on to become one of Germany's most successful submariners and was theffirst U-boat commander to be awarded the Knight's Cross.

 A closer look at some of the detail:

 

 

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