CHURCHILL’S THIN GREY LINE British Merchant Ships at war 1939-1945


One might guess that the first British casualties of World War II were suffered by either the Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force. But that unfortunate distinction belongs to merchant seamen on the liner Athenia, which was torpedoed by the German submarine U-30 Sept. 3, 1939. The author recounts their vital role in carrying crucial supplies during this island nation’s darkest days and helping to make ultimate victory possible.

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