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Nightmare at Scapa Flow: The Truth About the Sinking of HMS Royal Oak

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Sinking the battleship HMS Royal Oak at Scapa Flow in October 1939, with the loss of more than 800 of her crew, was Germany’s first shattering blow against Britain in the Second World War. The crew of the U-boat responsible became instant heroes in Germany and the Commander of U-47 Lt. Prien, wrote an account of the mission in his best-selling autobiography. However, this was dismissed as totally inaccurate by the tragedy's survivors. In this book H. J. Weaver searches for the truth on a journey through Orkney, Europe and beyond to interview survivors and witnesses, investigating every detail in order to set down the definitive account of what really happened on that fateful night.

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