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McKEE, Alexander. Black Saturday [dj adds : The Death of the Royal Oak]. New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1960). First Edition. Pp [i]-viii,(2),-211,(3),+ 8 pp plates. Index Endpaper Maps. 8vo, mustard cloth spine, black paper covered boards, black lettering to spine. “In the early hours of Saturday, October 14, 1939, a few weeks after the outbreak of World War II, the British Royal Navy suffered a stunning loss. The battleship Royal Oak, while lying inside thye main base of the Home Fleet at Scapa Flow, northof Scotland, was shaken by four mysterious explosions. She became a furnac e, rolled over, and – within about seven minutes of the last explosion – went to the bottom with nearly eight hundred men trapped inside. Hundreds of others, some of them terribly burned, found themselves swimming in the icy,oil-covered sea, with small chance of immediate rescue, for the night was dark and no one had seen or heard the explosions. Jubilantly, the German propaganda services claimed the sinking of the Royal Oak, and the German public applauded the commander of U-47 as their first hero of the war. Millionsof words poured from the world's presses, describing his daring feat. But after the war, when a British journalist interviewed survivors of the RoyalOak, he found that half of them did not believe she had been sunk by torpe does; he found, too, that German accounts, including the captured log of U-47, bore little relation to the real facts. Drawing generously upon the wealth of information he has acquired, Alexander McKee presents a vivid and unforgettable portrait of this tragic event. Both as a dramatic documentary and as a gripping story of ordinary men faced with the most frightful horrorof naval warfare, Black Saturday stands in a class of its own.: - from the dj. Minor spotting to top margin of front board, else very good in edgewor n and torn, but unclipped, dustjacket. 25.00
Title: Black Saturday : The Death of the Royal Oak. in dj.
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1960,:
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