- Hardcover: 129 pages
- Publisher: Praeger (May 14, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0275993647
- ISBN-13: 978-0275993641
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,625,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sinking of the Laconia and the U-Boat War: Disaster in the Mid-Atlantic
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"Duffy is an author and military historian, and he documents the controversial 1942 sinking of the British liner Laconia and the rescue operations that were initiated by the same German U-Boat that fired the torpedoes. Written for military and history buffs, this book details the moral and procedural complexities of confrontations between military and merchant forces, especially in regards to ships such as the Laconia that were transporting POWs and operating under the flags of the Red Cross. The consequences of the sinking, which resulted in indictments at the Nuremburg Trials, are also analyzed." - Reference & Research Book News
About the Author
James P. Duffy is a writer who specializes in military history. His published works include Praeger's Target: America: Hitler's Plan to Attack the United States and Hitler's Secret Pirate Fleet: The Deadliest Ships of World War II .
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'The sinking of the British liner Laconia, with 2,500 souls aboard, including some 1,800 Italian prisoners-of-war, marked a turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic. Hitherto, U-boats had usually tried to make some provision for survivors of ships they had sunk. But when U-156 attempted a rescue of the hundreds of survivors, even radioing nearby ships for help, Allied aircraft intervened to attack her. U-156 abandoned the rescue, and upwards of 1,600 people perished. The incident prompted the German Navy to issue orders that there were to be no further attempts at rescuing survivors. Duffy, who has written several works on the war, examines this incident within the context of the overall Battle of the Atlantic, drawing memoirs, diaries, interviews, and other sources. In the process of telling the grim story of the Laconia, he gives us a look at the 1914-1918 submarine campaign in the Atlantic and the opening rounds of the 1939-1945 war, noting that outright atrocities were rare, filmdom notwithstanding. An excellent look at the history of the U-boat war, this will prove reward reading for anyone interested in the Second World War or submarine operations.'
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