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Q Ship vs U-Boat (Duel 57) [Paperback]

David Greentree , Peter Dennis , Ian Palmer
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20 Feb 2014 Duel (Book 57)
Q ships came in all shapes and sizes coastal steamer, trawler, barque, yacht or schooner but all had to look harmless in order to lure their opponents to the surface and encourage them to attack. Armaments differed according to ship size; steamers commonly had 4in guns mounted amidships and in the bow, trawlers 3-pdrs and sailing ships 12-pdrs. Those who served on Q ships had to accept that their U-boat opponents would be able to strike first. Q ship captains kept ready a panic crew, which was trained to act out an elaborate evacuation to convince the U-boat commander that the ship was being abandoned by its crew. The Q ship captain would remain behind with a handful of other crewmen manning the guns, which remained hidden until the most opportune time to unmask and engage the U-boat. The Q ship concept had emerged early in the war when no other method seemed likely to counter the U-boat threat, and flourished until new technologies and tactics were developed, tested and implemented.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782002847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782002840
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Greentree graduated in History at York before taking a MA in War Studies from Kings College London and qualifying as a lecturer in Further Education. In 1995 he accepted a commission in the Royal Air Force and has served in a variety of locations, including Afghanistan and Oman.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another from a very good series 15 Jun 2014
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Already having several from this series this is a valuable addition. For anyone interested in the often overlooked maritime history of the Great War this book is a revelation.
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This book has detailed illustrations of vessels and gives a concise history of a period in history that has often been overlooked. It is a must read for anyone interested in the role of the drifters at war as well as covert operations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By any means necessary... 25 Feb 2014
By D. S. Thurlow - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1914, German willingness to use their submarines against Britain's merchant ships came as a shock to the Royal Navy. A flurry of improvisation eventually produced convoys, hydrophones, and sub hunters, but in the interim, Britain resorted to armed decoys known as "Q-ships." This is their story.

""Q Ship vs U-Boat 1914-1918" is an Osprey Duel Series entry, authored by David Greentree. It methodically explores an overlooked topic of the First World War at sea in considerable detail. The narrative covers the various types of merchant ships used as armed decoys, their commanders, and the results. The book includes an interesting discussion of German submarines of the period, and the tactics the Q ships and U-boats used against each other. The text is much enhanced by a nice selection of photographs, maps, diagrams and illustrations. The author provides a statistical analysis and frank assessment of the decidedly mixed results of the Q ship vs. U-boat duel, which may surprise some readers.

Like many Duel Series books, there is plenty of technical detail to chew over, along with short biographies of some of the more successful commanders on either side. The description of the infamous encounter between the Q-ship Baralong and U-27 is an illustration of the extent to which this particular duel could go. Highly recommended to the student and the general reader as light on a forgotten corner of the First World War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Basically in reading this book you come to the conclusion that the sailors of both of these ships were crazy 28 Mar 2014
By Rick - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved the book, it gave me a better understanding of what the German submarine personnel dealt with. My understanding of submarine life is mostly based off reading, TV, and movies. Even "Das Boot" does not give you an understanding of how strained life was in a WW1 U-boot. I had forgotten that submarines were only 15 or 16 years old when the war started. The U-boot of WW1 was nothing compared to even the cramped type VII of WW2. As for the British, these sailors agreed to sail around in U-boot infested waters hoping that they would be torpedoed by a sub, which would surface to finish them off so that they could engage with their own deck guns. The book also tells us that the British Navy didn't always where the white hat in this conflict.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Little known history brought to us all 24 May 2014
By John Butler - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this title, illuminating as it does a little known part of the submarine war. As with all these books, I wish more detail was provided.
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't like to write nasty things about other author's work 13 July 2014
By Dubuc - Published on Amazon.com
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Very difficult to understand - and this is coming from someone who is interested in and has researched this area extensively. Unless you already know the subject matter, it's doubtful you'd even be able to understand what the book was about. I don't like to write nasty things about other author's work, but it reads like a badly written undergraduate thesis - from sophomore year.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty interresting subject 6 Mar 2014
By gordon foster - Published on Amazon.com
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This alright for a quick primer on some WWI navel tactic's.
Iwould have liked more drawings on how weapons were mounted.
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