As the First World War loomed, the transatlantic passenger trade was at its peak and, as the enormity of the conflict grew, many liners were conscripted into military service, including the tragic Lusitania. In an attempted counter-blockade of the UK, German U-boats began sinking Allied merchant vessels, in some cases sparking international outrage. Eventually it was the declaration of unrestricted submarine warfare in 1917 that drew the previously neutral United States into the conflict. By war's end, the U-boats had managed to sink over 5,000 ships, killing 15,000 people in the process. Into the Danger Zone recounts what it was like for both military personnel and civilians alike to experience a sea voyage at a time of war, when they could encounter any number of dangers, including U-boats, mines and enemy surface vessels. Attacks were frequent and tragedy all too common. Using a wealth of unpublished, rare and fascinating first-hand accounts, illustrations and photographs, Fitch and Poirier present an engaging history of this often-neglected chapter of the twentieth century.
Tad Fitch is the coauthor of On a Sea of Glass: The Life and Loss of the RMSTitanic" and "Report into the Loss of SS Titanic." He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Mike Poirier has been researching ships and shipwrecks formore than 20years. He lives in Rhode Island. Hugh Brewster is the coauthor of "882 1/2 Amazing Answers to Your Questions About the Titanic" and the author of" ""Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage." He lives in Toronto."
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