Q Ship vs U-Boat (BOK)

David Greentree

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Q-ships came in all shapes and sizes - coastal steamer, trawler, barque, yacht or schooner - but all had to look harmless in order to lure their opponents to the surface and encourage them to attack. Armaments differed according to ship size; steamers commonly had 4in guns mounted amidships and in the bow, trawlers 3-pdrs and sailing ships 12-pdrs. Those who served on Q-ships had to accept that their U-boat opponents would be able to strike first. Q-ship captains kept ready a 'panic crew', which was trained to act out an elaborate evacuation to convince the U-boat commander that the ship was being abandoned by its crew. The Q-ship captain would remain behind with a handful of other crewmen manning the guns, which remained hidden until the most opportune time to unmask and engage the U-boat. The Q-ship concept had emerged early in the war when no other method seemed likely to counter the U-boat threat, and flourished until new technologies and tactics were developed, tested and implemented.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter David Greentree
Forlag
Osprey Publishing Ltd
ISBN 9781782002840
Antall sider 80 Dimensjoner 18,4cm x 24,8cm x 0,8cm
Vekt 314 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Illustratør Ian Palmer, Peter Dennis Emner og form Battles & campaigns, Naval forces & warfare, Military vehicles