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Q Ship vs. U-Boat

By: Osprey

Type: Softcover

Product Line: Duel - Ships & Submarines

Last Stocked on 2/19/2021

Product Info

Title
Q Ship vs. U-Boat
Publisher
Category
Author
David Greentree
Publish Year
2014
Pages
80
Dimensions
7.25x9.75x.25"
MFG. Part #
OSPDUE057
Type
Softcover
Series
DUE57

Description

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.

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