Early in the Second World War, with trade and supply routes to Britain suddenly being placed at great risk, a stalwart team of merchant sailors were required to protect vital supplies for the British people, as well as shipping vital army necessities back and forth. The efforts of the merchant sailors involved cannot be overstated. Although they didn’t wear uniforms, and few were rewarded with medals or memorials, they were certainly as worthy of the title ‘front-line warrior’ as the guardsmen and fighter pilots to whom they transported vital combat supplies. Indeed, many think that their efforts stood between the might of German forces and the domination of the world.
Over 30,000 men fell victim to the German U-boats between 1939 and 1945. This book serves as a worthy tribute to their efforts.
IMAGES OF WAR: U-BOAT PREY Merchant Sailors at War 1939-1942
In the Second World War the Merchant Navy kept the vital sea lanes open to supply Britain with the sinews of war, and her people with the means to stay alive. In this, the first volume of a history of the Merchant Navy’s struggle, due tribute is paid to the courage of the men who resisted the U-boat threat at the cost of 30,000 of their lives.