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: 06/02/2014
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781782002840
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