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Stromness Museum

U-47 in Scapa Flow: The Sinking of HMS Royal Oak 1939

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On the night of 13 October 1939 a German U-boat managed to enter Scapa Flow, an important anchorage for the Royal Navy. The following attack would be remembered as arguably the greatest submarine raid in history.

In this painstaking new analysis, Angus Konstam reveals the state of Orkney's defences in 1939, exactly how U-47 commander Günther Prien managed to thread his way into Scapa Flow and out again - and the human tragedy that unfolded as Royal Oak sank and over 800 crew members lost their lives. 


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