The Hidden Threat (Hardback)
Mines and Minesweeping in WW1
It is not widely appreciated that mines were by far the most effective weapon deployed
by Germany against the Royal Navy in WW1. They cost Britain five battleships, three cruisers, twenty-two destroyers, four submarines and a host of other vessels.
Mines were generally combated by a civilian force that sailed in a variety of commandeered vessels such as fishing boats and paddle steamers. This unlikely armada saved the day for Britain and her allies. After 1916 submarine attacks on merchant ships became an even more serious threat to Allied communications but enemy submarines were far less damaging to British warships than mines. Whereas in 1914 the Admiralty rather scoffed at mine laying as a sneaky un-British form of sea warfare, by the later stages of the war the Royal Navy learnt to use mines as a primary anti U boat weapon, developing an amazing variety of mined obsticles and mine laying vessels.
An intriguing book, well researched and written, which covered a topic that is probably not present in even well stocked bookshelves.Firetrench.com Oct 2011
An interesting, worthy read.The Great War Journal- Jan 2012
It kept my interest throughout and it is worth a read.Naval Review
The text is interspersed with a good number of vivid personal accounts of the mining war.Warships 2013
Valuable coverage of the development of sea mine warfare during the Great War.The Long, Long Trail
As featured inNavy Today, June 2016, issue 200
Starting with an introduction about discovering the coal-burning paddle steamers of the Humber in the early 1970s the book continues with a brief history of the ferries of the Humber Estuary, the coming of the first paddle steamer, the Caledonia, in 1814 and the rapid expansion of steamers operating on the estuary It includes personal memories of those who worked on, used and loved the Humber ferries. It especially looks at the paddle steamers, Tattershall Castle, Wingfield Castle and Lincoln Castle, which became the last coal-burning paddle steamers operating a regular service in the United Kingdom.…By Kirk Martin
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