RITCHIE, Carson I. A.
Title: Q-Ships : Britain's Secret Weapon Against the U-Boats, 1914-1918. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Terence Dalton Limited, Lavenham, Suffolk, 1985, ISBN:0861380118
Seller ID: 98966
RITCHIE, Carson I. A. Q-Ships [ dj adds : Britain's Secret Weapon Against the U-Boats, 1914-1918]. Lavenham, Suffolk : Terence Dalton Limited, 1985. First Edition. Pp (4),v-xix,(1),1-216. Large 8vo, white cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "Faced with the threat of underwater attacks on merchant shippmg on th world s trade routes, and in particular in the approaches to Britain's home waters, officers ot the Royal Navy hit on the idea of equipping small vessels of various kinds with hidden armament. Plodding along the sea lanes under the disguise of harmless neutral merchantmen, these decoys, soon to become known from their pendant numbers as Q-ships, sought to entice marauding U-boats to their doom. Official documents, hidden from public inspection until recent years, as well as eyewitness accounts of actions between the "mystery ships" and submarines are used by Dr Carson Ritchie to tell the inside story of this little-known branch of the Royal Navy." (from the dj). Contents : Introduction. 1. Aboard a Q-Ship. 2. The Beginning. 3. 'Stand by! Let go!' 4.The Gathering of the Fleets. 5. The Year of Trial. 6. TheStrafe of the Q-ships. 7. The Year of Victories. The Epilogue. Appendix : 1. Chronology of the Q-ship era. 2. TheQ-ships. 3. The Q-ships in the Second World War. Very good in dustjacket. 40.00