The Jail That Went to Sea: An Untold Story of the Battle of the Atlantic, 1941-42


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ISBN: 9781861055613
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Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. With B&W Illus. (illustrator). 1st Edition. First edition. Fine condition in unclipped dust jacket. No inscriptions.

In 1941 the British people had their backs to the wall in their lone fight against the might of Hitler's Germany. America was neutral, at least until the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Glasgow became the starting point for one of the most amazing episodes of the war. Government officials desperate for men to sail merchant ships across the Atlantic to collect vital equipment and supplies from North America devised a plan to enlist convicts from Barlinnie Prison and use them as crew for a 25,000-ton merchantman, the "George Washington". This unprecedented and dangerous operation was probably the nearest thing to press gang tactics since the days of Lord Nelson. Quite simply a choice of death or glory, this book relates the extraordinary story of these men through the accounts of two survivors, plus the log and memories of Captain David Bone and Glasgow police records and documents.

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