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    H. J. Weaver(Author)

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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. Germany claimed the sinking for the submarine U-47, commanded by Lt. Gunther Prien. Prien and his crew became instant folk heroes, lauded, interviewed and exploited to extract the maximum glory from their deed. A few months later, Prien's autobiography, "Mein Weg Nach Scapa Flow", was published and sold an astonishing 750,000 copies. However, there are also Royal Oak survivors who, while accepting that their ship was torpedoed, say: 'Prien and his crew can't ever have seen the inside of Scapa Flow because Prien's story is almost totally at variance with the truth.'Four books and dozens of articles have been written on what is now generally accepted as one of the greatest submarine exploits of all time. Yet nobody has managed to sift fact from falsehood and reconcile the apparently irreconcilable German and British stories. The author has 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. He has patiently investigated every point of controversy until he was able to set down a documented, definitive account of the Royal Oak naval disaster. It was previously published by Cressrelles Ltd.

'A remarkable book, very highly recommended' --Sea Breezes, The Worldwide Magazine of Ships and the Sea

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  • PDF | 191 pages
  • H. J. Weaver(Author)
  • Birlinn (14 May 2015)
  • English
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  • By rod on 20 November 2013

    an ok book well researched but nothing new added to the story. If there is nothing new to add why write it, there have been quite a few books written about the event previously and there is only so much there is to say. My Uncle went down with the ship aged just 19.

  • By Aileen on 28 July 2013

    In spite if being a relatively short documentary of events which took place at Scapa Flow at the outset of ww11. I felt the author tended to keep going over the same details repeatedly, "to the point of boredom." having said that, events "though controversial," were well documented, and I have no problems with recommending this book to readers of historical naval events.

  • By Mrs p Sharp on 1 March 2014

    my husband brother was on HMS ROYAL OAK he was sixteen years old. my husband and I feel we now have reasonable information as to what happened at SCAPA FLOW our family are now reading the book .

  • By Guest on 8 October 2016

    For this kind of book it is very readable. I read it after a visit to Orkney. The story is honest unembellished.

  • By H. F. Tierney on 25 August 2010

    Purchased for my Son in Law's birthday (he had asked for this and one other) and he has thoroughly enjoyed reading both.

  • By Andrew Brown on 11 July 2015

    first class read shows exactly what these men went through and the horrors of war


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