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50 She turned back later that day when it was clear that the convoy had scattered. The slaughter was left to aircraft and U-boats. The question is whether Pound should have taken the decision over Tovey’s head. Tovey’s argument that the Germans would not risk the Tirpitz against determined torpedo armed escorts was given credence by the Kriegsmarine’s reluctance to engage a determined escort. The Admiralty, though, was not willing to take that risk and chance the total destruction of the convoy, escorts and all.
101 Furthermore, the training of Naval and Norwegian SOE volunteers had begun. Thus the efforts surrounding the Welman gave impetus to proposals for its use. 102 Although the Combined Operations organisation had been much less involved in autumn 1943, due to preparations for Operation Overlord, the MTBs had continued to operate in conjunction with parties from SOE’s Kompani Linge. Seven SOE personnel had trained on the Welman, and SOE proposed using these one-man submarines as an adjunct to their canoe operations against coastal traffic in Norwegian waters.
20 The battleship was able to put safely into Narvik. The incident had repercussions on both sides. 22 In Germany, Raeder placed further restrictions on German surface operations. There were to be no sorties until air reconnaissance had fully determined the strength of the enemy. 23 However, the carrier, launched in 1938, was never completed. The Tirpitz remained a potent threat. The battleship was well protected in her berth in Åsenfjord (Aasfjord), near Trondheim, by both natural features The Problem of the German Fleet and Norway 19 and anti-torpedo booms.
British Policy and Strategy towards Norway, 1941–45 by Christopher Mann (auth.)