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    why didnt damaged WWII commercial shipping

    lower their flag and fly the flag of the opposition while heading to the closest port?

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    Well, if damaged by a commerce raider, the raider would not have been fooled, and would have continued to attack unless otherwise prevented. If the raider were driven off then either the damaged vessel would have been escorted by a friendly ship to an appropriate port or taken refuge on its own in a nearby neutral port where the false flag would not have been any more or less welcome than the true flag.

    Pretty much the same applies to a merchant vessel damaged by a submarine, except the nearest port to the damaged ship often would be its own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Traddles View Post
    Well, if damaged by a commerce raider, the raider would not have been fooled, and would have continued to attack unless otherwise prevented. If the raider were driven off then either the damaged vessel would have been escorted by a friendly ship to an appropriate port or taken refuge on its own in a nearby neutral port where the false flag would not have been any more or less welcome than the true flag.

    Pretty much the same applies to a merchant vessel damaged by a submarine, except the nearest port to the damaged ship often would be its own.
    say again please. im a swedish merchant ship in convoy, hit by torpeado at night. turn around at 1:am. at 4:am i haul down my swedish flag, and raise german flag and head towards St Johns.
    you as the Prince Eugene will sink me without checking my manifest?
    do realize german commerce raiders flew different flags all the time.
    maybe i use an italian flag?
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    Your question doesn't make sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Felix Birdbiter View Post
    Your question doesn't make sense.
    sure it did. reading the story line of the German raiders and submarines, they saw
    which nationality the commercial ship was, before attacking or stopping it to search its contents.
    so the ship is wounded, and trying to get back to land. what would give it better odds of not being attacked? now dont say axis commercial shipping was attacked off hand by allied warships, because it was always stopped first.
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    Maybe some of them did.
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    Every commercial ship is identified in multiple ways, not just by the flag flying.

    Colors, hull numbers, ships registry, etc. And friendly and enemy vessels carried the books identifying ships .

    They KNEW their targets, even prior to WWI, ships were identifiable.

    They were not firing blind, they had X torpedo and Y food and fuel, and wasted neither.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan40 View Post
    Every commercial ship is identified in multiple ways, not just by the flag flying.

    Colors, hull numbers, ships registry, etc. And friendly and enemy vessels carried the books identifying ships .

    They KNEW their targets, even prior to WWI, ships were identifiable.

    They were not firing blind, they had X torpedo and Y food and fuel, and wasted neither.
    yes and no. the german subs log book would say, even though its flying a swedish flag, we attacked it anyway.
    while the allied airplane would say, it was flying french colors but apeared strange. that was them seeing a merchant raider.

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    One of the things a US sub captain would do when he had a ship in the periscope, was describe everything he could about the ship. As he talked an officer would chase down all the details in their ships registry. By the time they had a firing solution, they knew the ship name and tonnage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jirqoadai View Post
    yes and no. the german subs log book would say, even though its flying a swedish flag, we attacked it anyway.
    while the allied airplane would say, it was flying french colors but apeared strange. that was them seeing a merchant raider.
    Fanciful fake history.
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