- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: Uitgeverij Aspekt B.V.; 1 edition (31 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9461532601
- ISBN-13: 978-9461532602
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.2 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Live Bait Squadron: Three mass graves off the Dutch coast, 22 September 1914 Paperback – 31 Aug 2012
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On September 22, 1914 between 06.20 am and 07.55 am three British cruisers went down o the Dutch coast, HMS Aboukir,Hogue and Cressy. Of the combined crew of 2296 no less than 1459 men perished on their ships or in the sea. ere were 837
survivors. e perpetrator was a simple German submarine, U-9. is event in the early days of the First World War came as a big boost to the Germans. But for the British it was a dire blow, the biggest loss ever in icted on the Royal Navy, hitherto deemed invincible. e su ering was the more grievous now that among the fatalities were thirteen young boys, aged 15 and 16, while most of the other victims were reservists, mainly young family fathers from a few villages in the Chatham area. After some years of research the author has written a uniquely accessible reconstruction of this tragedy. Successively he pictures
the build-up to this calamity, the crew's trials and tribulations, as well as the consequences of the incident from both a British and a German points of view. e hard times the crewmembers had to go through are re ected in the personal accounts of some of the survivors of the catastrophe. Two Dutch merchant vessels had rescued a number of them and the men were then received and looked after in Holland. at too is part of this pitiful tragedy, which, though
almost forgotten, was one of the largest calamities ever in the history of naval warfare.
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I would recommend this book, especially as it unusually purveys a real sense of both sides reacting 'on the hoof' to unfolding events rather than actively directing them, which is a corrective to more conventional narrative histories. Linden van de Henk has done well to marshal disparate sources, and to focus attention on war graves that have been in line for salvage operations in recent years.
It is a link which continues to the present where the Dutch diver community is leading the attempt to protect the wrecks of the three ships and other wrecks in the North Sea, from predatory salvage vessels and official indifference on the part of the UK Government.
Heer van der Linden tells a compelling and dramatic story about one of the seminal moments in the 20th century. The moment when the expensive big gun warship became obsolete and the submarine came of age. After Otto Weddigen's exploit in sinking his "three before breakfast" there would only be two types of vessel. Submarines and targets.
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