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Nightmare at Scapa Flow
£7.99
Available September 2019


ISBN:
9781912476626
Categories
Birlinn Origin, Military, History & Adventure
Imprint
Origin
Publication Date
05 September 2019
Format
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
Status
Not Yet Published
Publisher
Birlinn Ltd
Extent
192
Illustrations
12pp b/w plates

Nightmare at Scapa Flow

The Truth About the Sinking of HMS Royal Oak

"The place where the German U-boat sank the British battleship Royal Oak was none other than the middle of Scapa Flow, Britain's greatest naval base! It sounds incredible..." - William L Shirer, journalist, 18 October 1939

Sinking the battleship HMS Royal Oak in the Royal Navy’s home anchorage, with the loss of more than 800 of her crew, was Germany’s first shattering blow against Britain in the 1939-45 war. Within six weeks the long-standing German dream of breaching the defences of Scapa Flow had been achieved.

After years of misinformation, propaganda and conspiracy theories, this meticulously researched book reveals what really happened.

H.J. Weaver interviewed Royal Oak survivors, members of U-47’s 1939 crew, Lt. Prien’s widow and members of the firm which published his autobiography. His quest for the truth led through England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Orkney, Norway, West Berlin, Cologne, Freiburg and even distant Amman.