Smoke and Mirrors: Q-Ships Against the U-Boats in the First World War

Smoke and Mirrors: Q-Ships Against the U-Boats in the First World War

By: Deborah Lake (author)Paperback

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The Q-ship, an ordinary merchant vessel with concealed guns, came into its own during the First World War, when the Royal Navy to trap and destroy German U-boats. Deborah Lake uses a wide range of primary and secondary source material drawn from archives in the UK, Germany and the USA to tell the compelling story of the Q-ships and their U-boat adversaries. The Q-ship operations themselves will be covered by following the careers of the eight men who won the Victoria Cross on Special Service Operations; and by accounts of German U-boat crews being on the receiving end. No book on Q-ships can avoid the Baralong incident in which a Q-ship's crew allegedly executed the survivors of the German submarine U-27, on 19 August 1915. In a subsequent encounter with U-41, more British atrocities were alleged by the only two German survivors. Revealing extracts from the diary of a Royal Marine who served on board the Baralong are reproduced in the book together with other first-hand accounts. With charge and counter-charge, this incident provides a fascinating story.

About Author

Deborah Lake served in the Royal Air Force and is the author of numerous military and naval history books, including The Tartan Air Force and The Zeebrugge and Ostend Raids 1918.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780752450551
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780752450551
  • weight: 440
  • ISBN10: 0752450557

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