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At 2:10 a.m. on December 22, 1942, a torpedo rips into an Allied troopship traveling in convoy across the Mediterranean Sea on route to the war in North Africa. The blast causes the ship to list to the right sharply, throwing Margaret Bourke-White, Life magazine’s photojournalist, from her bunk. She and the Scottish nurses billeted with her dress quickly in darkness and join six thousand soldiers and four hundred nurses filing to their assigned lifeboat stations. Margaret breaks out of line and heads to a spot on deck to photograph the attack. But when the captain gives the order to abandon ship, Margaret realizes something is even more important than getting a great photograph—sav