The WWII Naval Battle Won Using Potatoes


Sailors peeling potatoes aboard a Royal Navy trawler, 1942. Royal Navy official photographer, Ware, C J (Lt) / Public Domain

The U.S.S. O'Bannon was a Fletcher-class navy destroyer with an impressive array of weaponry and a solid track record in conflicts in WWII. However, even the most experienced sailors aren't perfect -- and when the O'Bannon happened upon a hapless Japanese submarine, both crew engaged in a desperate and bizarre food fight. Tune in to learn more.