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Zeebrugge and Ostend Raids 1918, The Hardcover – October, 2002
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Dwight R. Messimer, author of Find and Destroy: Antisubmarine Warfare in WWI, and Verschollen: U-Boat Losses in WWI, Naval Institute Press 2001 and 2002.
The Germans, apparently, were well ready for such an attempt. The shore batteries had range and elevation already calculated for this eventuality. Large howitzer shells would have landed in short order if the assault had taken place at the Mole head.
Deborah said that, with the pressures on space (she was 3000 words over the agreed 75000 - itself an increase on the original 60000 maximum) she did not want to continually harp on the false picture disseminated by the UK propaganda machine at the expense of other detail. As she also did not wish to produce what could be described as an unremitting anti-Keyes diatribe, she omitted that angle. She considered that mistranslation an essentially minor aspect of the whole, no more than an additional arrow in the propaganda bow. In retrospect, as she said, a mistake.
If there's a second edition, she muttered, she would correct it together with a badly written conditional clause in Chapter 2!Read more ›