The Sinking of HMS Royal Oak: In the Words of the Survivors

The Sinking of HMS Royal Oak: In the Words of the Survivors

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By (author) Dilip Sarkar

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  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 14mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 24 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Chalford
  • ISBN 10: 1445607433
  • ISBN 13: 9781445607436
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 503,175

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HMS Royal Oak was a Revenge-class battleship of the British Royal Navy, infamously torpedoed at anchor by the German submarine U-47 on 14 October 1939. Royal Oak was anchored at Scapa Flow in Orkney, Scotland when she became the first of the five Royal Navy battleships and battle cruisers sunk in the Second World War. The loss of life was heavy: of Royal Oak's complement of 1,234 men and boys, 833 were killed that night or died later of their wounds. The raid made an immediate celebrity and war hero out of the German U-boat commander, Gunther Prien, who became the first submarine officer to be awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. To the British, the raid demonstrated that the Germans were capable of bringing the naval war to their home waters, and the shock resulted in rapidly arranged changes to dockland security. Now lying upside-down in 30 m of water with her hull 5 m beneath the surface, Royal Oak is a designated war grave. Includes 103 Photographs

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Dilip Sarkar is a retired deep wreck diver who has dived the German naval wrecks at Orkney on several occasions. He has written thirty history books on aspects of the Second World War, specialising in the human experience. He was made an MBE for services to aviation history in 2003, and elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society in 2006. Having graduated with a First in History, Dilip is now reading for his PhD. Married to Karen, an artist, the author lives in Worcester. For more information please see www.dilipsarkarmbe.co.uk.

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Praise for the hardback published in 2010: 'Compulsive reading' ROYAL OAK ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER; 'A new perspective on the tragedy' SCOTTISH MEMORIES; 'Compelling... a window into a lost world' DIVE MAGAZINE; 'A poignant story, giving a lot of personal accounts of the events by those who survived. Highly recommended.' THE NAUTICAL MAGAZINE.