Hostile Sea: The U-boat Offensive Around the Isle of Man During World War One
Hostile Sea is the story of the events in the seas around the Isle of Man during WWI.
In early 1915 Germany declared an unrestricted U-Boat campaign on Allied shipping. This forced the British government to censor the British press with regard to all attacks on shipping; a move designed to prevent Germany learning of the true effectiveness of their campaign. As a result of this censorship (which extended to Manx newspapers) few people are aware of the extent of the German maritime offensive.
Thirty vessels were sunk and many others narrowly escaped a similar fate after being attacked by U-Boats. Truly shocking was the terrible loss of life with over 400 souls perishing. The events that unfolded between 1915 and 1918 around the Isle of Man were a small, but significant part of the overall offensive. So much so they came very close to starving Britain into submission and winning the war for Germany.
This book will prove invaluable to those interested in local and maritime history, WWI or those investigating relations involved in action. The information on wreck sites and how to locate them on the seabed contains reliable GPS coordinates.