Q Ship vs U-Boat cover
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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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Introduction /Chronology /Design and Development /The Strategic Situation /Technical Specifications /The Combatants / Combat /Statistics and Analysis /Aftermath /Bibliography /Index

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Published 20 Feb 2014
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781782002840
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 10 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Duel
Short code DUE 57
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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