Hearts of Oak - The Human Tragedy of HMS Royal Oak, by Dilip Sarkar

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Hearts of Oak - The Human Tragedy of HMS Royal Oak, by Dilip Sarkar
Hearts of Oak - The Human Tragedy of HMS Royal Oak, by Dilip Sarkar

Published by Amberley in 2010, 150 pages. Paperback (N4502)

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From the rear side cover: This book tells the story of the story of the sinking of the HMS Royal Oak by German submarine which cost the  lives of 833 Royal Navy sailors.

HMS Royal Oak was a Revenge-class battleship of  the British Royal Navy, infamously torpedoed at anchor by the German submarine  U-47 on 14 October 1939. Royal Oak was anchored at Scapa Flow in Orkney,  Scotland when she became the first of the five Royal Navy battleships and battle  cruisers sunk in the Second World War. The loss of life was heavy: of Royal  Oak's complement of 1,234 men and boys, 833 were killed that night or died later  of their wounds.

The raid made an immediate celebrity and war hero out of the  German U-boat commander, Gunther Prien, who became the first submarine officer  to be awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. To the British, the raid  demonstrated that the Germans were capable of bringing the naval war to their  home waters, and the shock resulted in rapidly arranged changes to dockland  security. Now lying upside-down in 30 m of water with her hull 5 m beneath the  surface, Royal Oak is a designated war grave.

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