Scapa

James Miller, Jim Miller

Through two world wars, Scapa Flow was the main anchorage of the British Home Fleet. This text tells the story of Scapa through photographs that have been culled from collections in the Imperial War Museum and many other sources.
Date Published :
November 2001
Publisher :
Birlinn
Illustration :
120 b&w illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781843410058
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 10.25 X 7.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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SCAPA FLOW, ONE of the greatest naval bases in history, resonates through the annals of the Royal Navy during the two great wars of the twentieth century. It was from there that the Grand Fleet sailed to Jutland in 1916; from there that Russian convoys set off; and it was in that beautiful, bleak anchorage that the German High Seas fleet committed the greatest act of suicide ever seen at sea - 'The Grand Scuttle' - before being raised and scrapped in one of the most astonishing examples of maritime salvage. It was also in Scapa that we have our last photographs of Kitchener before he boarded the Hampshire, sunk by mine off Marwick Head. But it was also in this great anchorage that many more human stories took place. Here lie the wrecks - now war graves - of the Vanguard, blown apart by an explosion in 1917 and the Royal Oak, sunk by Gunther Prien of U-47 in a spectacular raid at the beginning of World War Two. Here too Italian prisoners of war built both the spectacular Churchill causeways and the exquisite Italian chapel at Lamb Holm crafted from Nissan huts. The text weaves eyewitness accounts and personal experience into the larger narrative, and the photographs capture the spirit and activity of Scapa Flow when it was the home of thousands of service personnel.

About The Author
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James Miller was born and brought up in Caithness. After working abroad and in London he returned to the north of Scotland to work as a full-time writer. His previous books published by Birlinn include Swords for Hire, The Dam Builders and The Foresters. He lives near Inverness.

JIM MILLER IS the author of a number of books, including Salt in the Blood and A Wild and Open Sea. He is currently working on a book, The Dambuilders, for Birlinn. He lives near Inverness.

REVIEWS
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... a fascinating book, in which every reader will find something she/he never knew

- Scots Magazine

an interesting insight into life in a naval base during two world wars

- Broadly Boats

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