This book tells the story of the sinking of the Quebec City, a cargo MV sailing out of Cardiff, off the eats coast of Africa. The ships crew took to lifeboats and the U-boat, U156, surfaced amongst them. The Commander, appologised for the sinking, saying "this is war" and gave them directions to the nearest land which was about 400 miles due east. After two weeks in the lifeboats, they eventually reach land on the east coast of Africa near to Freetown. Local natives met them in their canoes and gave them food and shelter for two more weeks in their village. All but one crew survived the attack. The one that died was killed when he was caught between the capsizing ship and one of the lifeboats.
The U156 had previously sunk the Laconia a week before sinking the Quebec City and the commander rescued as many of the crew and passengers as he could. Taking the lifeboats in tow and after putting out an all ships call for assistance, the U-boat was attacked by an American aircraft and had to subsequently cast adrift the rescued crew when it hastily dived. This became known as the Laconia Incident and led to Admiral Durnitz issuing a directive that U-boats should no longer assist in helping crews of any ship that they sank
How do I know this? My dad was part of the crew of the Quebec City and told me of this story. I didnt beleive him until I researched it all myself and came across this book that was written by one of the junior officers who was also part of the crew.
This is a true story and will interest anyone who is interested in they U-boat war in the Atlantic