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[5345X3863] October 1941, British naval base 'HMS Baldur', Hvalfjörður, Iceland. USS Idaho (BB-42) enjoys a break from Neutrality Patrol duties as the USA continues to keep out of the WW2. She will be at the same station on December 07.

[5345X3863] October 1941, British naval base 'HMS Baldur', Hvalfjörður, Iceland. USS Idaho (BB-42) enjoys a break from Neutrality Patrol duties as the USA continues to keep out of the WW2. She will be at the same station on December 07.

Adventurous-Ad3729

What would neutrality patrol entail?


beachedwhale1945

On paper, u/bignosebill has pretty much hit the nail on the head. In practice, actively fighting German U-boats and preparing to support operations against another surface breakout. For example, the *Greer* incident: a British plane sighted *U-652*, called in the US destroyer, attacked, missed, and flew home. Meanwhile, *Greer* sat on the submarine, preventing it from coming to the surface and waiting for a relief aircraft to arrive. U-boat fires on destroyer, destroyer drops depth charges, everyone leaves undamaged. One week later, Roosevelt had a fireside chat on the subject and stated simply “This was piracy—legally and morally.” The US and Nazi Germany were for all intents and purposes at war long before we declared war on each other. I like to think about the alternate reality where *Bismarck* sails into Norfolk, Virginia for repairs after Denmark Strait, a few piers over from *Illustrious*.


bignosebill

Basically their job was to report the positions of naval vessels of the warring European nations that were in what was considered Western Hemisphere waters. This primarily meant report U-Boats patrolling along the Eastern seaboard. They would also provide escort service for British supply ships.