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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Maritime; Reprint edition (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781591709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781591703
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,255,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a brilliantly researched book and makes a fascinating read. I would very highly recommend it to our readers. Shipping - Today & Yesterday The story of Q ships and the seafarers who sailed in them is detailed in Sea Killers in Disguise. - Ashford Herald The author is to be congratulated for producing a very readable account. An excellent account of the use of armed disguised merchant ships by the British and German navies during the First World War. A very good read and therefore recommended. Marine News - Journal of the World Ship Society

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Tony Bridgland is a journalist, independent financial adviser and keen historian. This is his second book, his first book Field Gun Jack vs the Boers was published in 1998 by Leo Cooper. He lives with his wife and family near Rye, in East Sussex.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Lloyd on 2 July 2013
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Highly recommended. The book covers British anti-submarine decoy or Q ships, and German disguised raiders preying on merchant ships in WW1. Both categories were merchant ships manned by navy crews with hidden weapons which lured enemy vessels to their destruction. These true events are more interesting and unlikely than fiction.

The first half of the book covers British Q ships. They were an improvisation to counter the dire threat posed by U-Boats to merchant shipping. These were times when merchant ships sailed independently and U-Boats often surfaced to sink them by gunfire. The Q ship used an elaborate ruse to lure the U-Boat in close before opening fire from its hidden guns. Q ships crews often showed suicidal bravery, waiting in hiding in sinking ships or under shellfire. The Q ships were commonly small tramp steamers but surprisingly many were small sailing ships. Ultimately U-Boats were bested by convoying merchant shipping but the Q-ships had played a part. A chapter deals with the Barralong incident of August 1915 when, in the aftermath of the torpedoing of the Lusitania, a Q ship crew seems to have executed survivors from a U-Boat. There is a brief reference to the campaign by Q ships operating off or in neutral Norwegian waters against ships taking iron ore to Germany (which deserves a book in its own right).

The second half of the book deals principally with 3 remarkable German raiders. The raiders were generally fast nondescript freighters. They would get as close to their prey as possible before dropping their disguise and firing warning shots. The Mowe (Seagull) had two successful cruises to the mid and South Atlantic. The Wolf had a marathon 15 month cruise to Australia, New Zealand and the Dutch East Indies.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Linda M Spinks on 17 Nov. 2013
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my husband ordered this book but still hasnt read it so cant give an opinion yet.it looks very good though
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