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 World War One.
In early 1915 Germany declared an unrestricted U-Boat campaign on Allied shipping forcing 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 also extended to the newspapers int he Isle of Man, few people are aware of the extent of the German maritime offensive and the events that unfolded around the Isle of Man between 1915 and 1918.
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 around the Isle of Man were a small, but significant part of the overall offensive, which came so 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, World War One or those investigating a family ancestor involved in action. The information on wreck sites and how to locate them on the seabed with reliable GPS coordinates also provides the sports diver and boat angler with the premier guide on World War One shipwrecks around the Isle of Man.