Churchill's Thin Grey Line

British Merchant Ships at War 1939–1945

Bernard Edwards

 
Date Published :
March 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
Black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781526711663
Pages : 248
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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In stock
$34.95

Overview
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The first British casualties of the Second World War were not members of either the Royal Navy, the Army or the Royal Air Force but British merchant seamen on the liner Athenia, torpedoed by U-30 on 3 September 1939.

For the duration of the War, Britain’s merchant fleet performed a vital role, carrying the essential supplies that kept the country running during the darkest days and then made victory possible. Their achievements came at a terrible cost with 2,535 British oceangoing merchant ships being sunk and, of the 185,000 men and women serving in the British Merchant Navy at the time, 36,749 sacrificed their lives. A further 4,707 were wounded and 5,720 ended up in prisoner of war camps. Their casualty rate of 25 percent was second only to RAF Bomber Command’s.

Using casebook examples, this well researched book tells the inspiring story of those brave civilian volunteers who fought so gallantly to defend their ships and the cargoes.

About The Author
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Bernard Edwards is one of the most popular and prolific authors and is well established as a front rank naval historian. His many titles include The Quiet Heroes, Twilight of the U-Boat, Japan’s Blitzkrieg and, most recently, The Cruel Sea Retold.

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