Imagine the supreme guts, command & Leadership skills needed to do this in action!! They could be under air attack, hit & run attacks from destroyers, massive bombardment from Battleships chucking 15" shells from 4 miles outside your maximum range - general slugging match with light or heavy cruisers. In a worse case scenario this could all happen within 24 hours! not to mention the constant threat of submarine attack no matter how peaceful the surroundings or the escort.Several crewmembers of the German cruiser Prinz Eugen manually operates her temporary jury-rudders after suffering a torpedo hit to the stern, Feb 1942.
Russian T-34 tanks pressed into service for the Wehrmacht, Eastern Front. The re-purposing of captured enemy equipment was fairly common practise by all sides during the Second World War.