Q Ship vs U-Boat : 1914-18, Paperback Book

Q Ship vs U-Boat : 1914-18 Paperback

Illustrated by Peter Dennis, Ian Palmer

Part of the Duel series


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80 pages, 40 b/w; 10 col
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781782002840

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