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Quick Fact – Miss and Hit

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HMS Sickle


The British submarine, HMS Sickle, fired a succession of torpedoes during World War II, in May, sinking an enemy vessel in Cape Ferrat, southeastern France. But one of the missiles hit a cliff in Monaco, and on exploding, it blew out the top windows of the Casino de Monte-Carlo.

Consequently, the ship’s captain became known as “the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo,” and an ace of spades was added to the Sickle’s Jolly Roger.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons: by Stewart Bale, Ltd., Liverpool

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