Nightmare at Scapa Flow

The Truth About the Sinking of HMS "Royal Oak"

by H.J. Weaver

Nightmare at Scapa Flow

The definitive account of one of the worst naval disasters in British history

SKU: 9781912476626 Categories: ,


“The place where the German U-boat sank the British battleship Royal Oak was none other than the middle of Scapa Flow, Britain’s greatest naval base! It sounds incredible…” – William L Shirer, journalist, 18 October 1939

Sinking the battleship HMS Royal Oak in the Royal Navy’s home anchorage, with the loss of more than 800 of her crew, was Germany’s first shattering blow against Britain in the 1939-45 war. Within six weeks the long-standing German dream of breaching the defences of Scapa Flow had been achieved.

After years of misinformation, propaganda and conspiracy theories, this meticulously researched book reveals what really happened.

H.J. Weaver interviewed Royal Oak survivors, members of U-47’s 1939 crew, Lt. Prien’s widow and members of the firm which published his autobiography. His quest for the truth led through England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Orkney, Norway, West Berlin, Cologne, Freiburg and even distant Amman.

ISBN: 9781912476626

Publication date: 26/09/2019

Format: Paperback

Extent: 192

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

Stock status: Published

Categories: Birlinn/Polygon , Orkney and Shetland