HMS Kelvin rescues escaped prisoners of war, ending five months of thrills and adventures. December 1940, on board HMS Kelvin. Eighteen men standing on the deck of a neutral cargo boat, cheered the Kelvin as it came to rescue them, and end five months of adventures for thirteen of the eighteen rescued men. The thirteen were members of the 51st Highland Division who were captured in June 1940 during the German advance on the Somme. One night headed by their Major, they escaped, eventually reaching Vichy where they somehow managed to obtain French military uniforms. From Vichy they made their way to the south of France, where they obtained uniforms of the Foreign Legion, together with forged papers, and got to Morocco where they were interned. They they escaped again, reaching Casablanca, where they slipped aboard the Portuguese cargo vessel. Once at sea they declared themselves to the skipper, the ship continued on its journey to Portugal despite this. Fifteen miles out HMS Kelvin arrived at the scene and decided to investigate the ship, and took the men off along with two Frenchmen on their way to join General de Gaulle’s Free French Army, Two British Airmen, and One Austrian refugee.