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Day: February 16, 2022

Returned ensign
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Returned ensign

It flew on a surrendered U-boat, then was taken as a trophy A ship’s ensign indicates the vessel’s national identity. It also embodies its crew’s honour. ‘Nailing the colours to the mast’ showed a crew’s determination to never surrender, as demonstrated by the German battleship Bismarck, which went down in 1941, its battle ensign still flying, after a right royal pounding by the British navy. The alternative was to ‘strike the colours’—surrender the ensign, and the ship, to the victors, who would replace it with their own ensign—a powerful symbolic action Bismarck denied the British. But it was one freely granted to Canada at the end of the war: the Canadian naval ensign was flown on two U-boats that surrendered in the Western Atlantic. On May 4, 1945, Admiral Karl Dönitz ordered U-...

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