Q Ship vs U-Boat

Published: July 7th, 2014     
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Q/U-Boat Cover
Author: David Greentree
Reviewed by: 
Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Company: Osprey Publishing
ISBN #: 978-1-78200-284-0
Price: $18.95
Product / Stock #: Duel Series # 57

Osprey has put out book # 57 in their Duel series. It is about the British Q Boats or decoy boats, as they were also known, versus the German U-boats. This book is another interesting book about World War 1 to go along with the wars 100 year anniversary.

The Imperial German U-boats were preying on the merchant ships that were supplying the British war effort. The U-boats were doing such a good job of this that Britain had to think of something that would make the submarines surface. Once surfaced, the U-boat became more vulnerable and the ship would have a better chance to fight. Enter the Q ship, a ship that appears to be a lone merchant ship and easy target. Once the U-boat surfaces the Q ship's hidden guns appear and open fire. 

The book is divided into eleven sections:

  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Design and Development
  • The Strategic Situation
  • Technical Specifications
  • The Combatants
  • Combat
  • Statistics and Analysis
  • Aftermath
  • Bibliography
  • Index

This book is illustrated with various period photographs and illustrations by Peter Dennis and Ian Palmer.

I highly recommended this book for anyone with an interest in World War I and some of the little known facts of the unusual warfare used. I would like to thank Osprey Publishing for the review copy and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review it.

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    Back Cover
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    Illustration