On the evening of 3rd September 1939, just hours after World War II was declared, passengers on board the ocean liner Athenia were enjoying their Sunday dinner when the ship was rocked by explosions. Germany had struck its first blow of the war by firing a torpedo without warning from a submarine, U-30 launching the Battle of the Atlantic. Athenia was a British ship loaded with Americans, Canadians, and Europeans attempting to cross the Atlantic from Liverpool to Montreal before the outbreak of war. As the ship sank, 1306 were rescued but 112 people were lost, including thirty Americans. The outcome of this disaster served as a catalyst to shape the British public opinion of the war. In Canada, the death of a ten year old passenger caused by the sinking became an emotional issue and the country supported Parliament’s decision to enter the war. In the United States, the attack exposed Germany as a serious threat and changed public opinion enough to allow the country to sell munitions.. Read more
Shipping – Today and yesterday
With all of the books published on warships and naval operations during the Twentieth Century, most new books are talking another look at a subject covered many times before by other authors. Then occasionally, a book is published that covers an important warship that has somehow managed to escape serious coverage before. This new book is one of those rare new books. The author has written an engaging account of the development and operations of the x-1. The text is enhanced but very good illustration in the form of photographs and drawings, spread through the body of the book.
A new book charts the heroic actions of a 22-year-old naval officer who placed a mine beneath a German battleship during the Second World War.
ONE day in September 1943, in a Norwegian fjord, a 22-year-old naval officer placed a mine beneath a colossal Nazi battleship – and Grimsby won itself a hero.
The battleship was the Tirpitz. The officer was Lieutenant Godfrey Place. His reward was two-fold – the Victoria Cross and internment by the Germans for the rest of the war.
This large format book is very well produced and presented with crisp text supported by lavish illustration, much of it in full colour. There are also end paper drawings of typical Type VII U-Boats from the first series VIIA to the VIIC. The quality of the drawings is excellent and produced specifically to illustrate this book. As a result the book is highly recommended and will feature in the libraries of any self-respecting enthusiast.
The author has done an excellent job of describing the Type VII and its place in the history of warfare. This is probably the finest book on German submarines of WWI available in print.