Yet mystery surrounded the circumstances of this tragedy and until this book appeared, many of the survivors and the bereaved relatives of casualties had no idea what had happened. Shrouded in wartime secrecy, the most basic facts about trauma, injury and death were not known.
Local authors John and Noreen Steele have gleaned further testimonies and facts since first publication and in this fourth new edition Dasher has given up more of her secrets. Seabed surveys and contacts from friends and survivors have yielded both the horror of war and information about the circumstances of the explosion and sinking of a strategically important vessel.
An amazing connection has been established also with The Man Who Never Was - the Allied ruse to trick the Germans about the likely point of mainland Europe invasion. It seems certain from evidence presented in this new book that the body used was a Dasher fatality. This new edition names the man whose body was used in the trick. This is sure to attract further extensive publicity.
First published in 1995 as The Tragedy of HMS Dasher, reprinted in 1996 and published in a new hardback edition in 1997 (They Were Never Told), this
successful book first appeared in paperback in 2002.