This is the remarkable story of what were known by the British as 'Q' Ships and by the Germans as 'Decoy Raiders'. Disguised as harmless merchant ships, they could be transformed in moments into powerful killers and were used by both sides in the First World War. The book describes the extraordinary lengths that both sides went to ensure secrecy and deception. Voyages often lasted several years without returning to port. Owing to the nature of the game, evidence regarding their work is hard to come by but Tony Bridgland has produced a fascinating piece of detective history.
Tony Bridgland is a journalist, independent financial adviser and keen historian. This is his second book, his first book Field Gun Jack vs the Boers was published in 1998 by Leo Cooper. He lives with his wife and family near Rye, in East Sussex.