A Story of Merchant Navy Men
by Philip Algar
This is the fascinating story of Captain Stanley Algar, an oil tanker master. Captured in the Atlantic, he and his colleagues spent four years behind barbed wire. This book, partly based on his diaries (which were hidden from the Germans), tells how the prisoners survived, confronted starvation, and reacted to camp life and German propaganda.
A graphic account of their liberation, written as it happened, is included and the role of the U-boats and the merchant raider vessels and their commanders is also discussed.
How did the prisoners know what was going on in the war, and why was their information so accurate? What was their relationship with the guards? What correspondence with home was allowed?
Finally, there are many pen portraits of international leaders and ‘ordinary’ men propelled into another conflictafter ‘the war to end all wars’ had been concluded.
This is an excellent read and I would highly recommend it.
Hardback: 234mm x 156mm, 224 pp illustrated