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Nightmare Convoy: The Story of the Lost Wrens Hardcover – 30 Nov 1987


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: W Foulsham & Co Ltd (30 Nov. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057201452X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0572014520
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 967,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. dw 1987 128pp

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Lloyd on 28 Dec. 2011
Highly recommended. An account of the little known defeat of Convoy OG71 from Britain to Gibraltar in August 1941 when Britain stood alone. The convoy had a large escort, varying from 8 to 10 corvettes, sloops and destroyers. Despite this U-Boats sank 8 of the 22 merchant vessels, sunk 2 of the escorts with the loss of almost all their crews and forced the whole convoy to put into Lisbon. Many of the ships sank in a few minutes causing heavy loss of life. The loss of the escorts is explained as the U-Boats had just been ordered to attack them first and with multiple torpedoes. No U-Boats were sunk. OG71 illustrates the dangers on the Gibraltar route and the ascendancy of the U-Boats at that time. The escorts did not yet have radar and the crews had limited experience. The defeat was obscured by wartime censorship.

The book was written as a memorial to the 22 young women from the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) who volunteered for service at Gibraltar. Service women were prohibited from travelling on Royal Navy warships (this was lifted after OG71). All were killed when the Commodore's merchant ship Aguila was sunk. The account avoids sentimentality. It is a moving account of tragedy, duty and courage in war. Besides the Wrens the book highlights two people; Arthur Firth, the Captain of the Aguila, and Lieutenant Commander Cuthberston, the Captain of the corvette Zinnia. Both were among the small handful of survivors from the sinking of their ships and staunchly resumed their duties. Firth was haunted by the tragedy for the rest of his life. Nicholas Monsarrat was a lieutenant on another corvette in the convoy and made Cuthbertson the model of the ship's captain in his famous book The Cruel Sea.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By keith mac on 17 April 2012
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This is one of the most poignant and yet complelling stories to come out of WW2. I suspect that very few people know of this very tragic event.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gaz on 30 Dec. 2013
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Item was as described, received in the time stated and in very good condition as described. The book was purchased for my parents they said it was very interesting and a good book to read
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