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By Carlton Jackson

This can be the dramatic tale of the sinking of the HMT Rohna, which led to one of many maximum variety of casualties suffered in WWII. the truth that the massive demise and the next cover-up of the main points surrounding it make for interesting and demanding analyzing. restricted guides exist at the topic, so it is a invaluable source for historians.

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After the second night dysentery set in, making the GIs' lives even more miserable. "We had no lights, no flashlights to find our way to the latrines that were about a block away. I t was raining . . " Smith also said there was no way to take a bath except in cold water the men collected in their helmets. 33 About CP-2 Ernest Horton recalled that "the nightly poker games, lit with grease supplied by the cooks in a 'C' ration can, were the high points. . 34 While some replacement units were on board the Rohna, many had already been in Algeria for some time, along with the 44th Surgical Battalion, waiting for others to arrive before shipping out any farther.

Many others, suffering from seasickness, did not eat at all, with the thought of any kind of food repelling them. To make matters worse, the entire ship reeked of rancid engine oil, and the galley was home to several generations of rats and mice, despite the presence of the numerous cats brought on board by the crew. The Rohna long ago had lost any stability she once might have possessed, with the result that the creaky old vessel rolled from side to side even in calm seas. Her movements, coupled with the poor quality of the Thanksgiving meal, virtually guaranteed seasickness.

33 About CP-2 Ernest Horton recalled that "the nightly poker games, lit with grease supplied by the cooks in a 'C' ration can, were the high points. . 34 While some replacement units were on board the Rohna, many had already been in Algeria for some time, along with the 44th Surgical Battalion, waiting for others to arrive before shipping out any farther. 35They came down with physical ailments such as diarrhea, and in some instances dysentery. They also were afflicted with other maladies such as smallpox, malaria, and sandfly fever.

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