bringing Britain to its knees in 1917

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bringing Britain to its knees in 1917

Post by MathewCox » 03 Jul 2018 19:43

Hi everybody :D what it drags my attention about the U-boats is the campaing against merchant shipping in the mediterranean at the beggigning of the First World War in 1914... they almost succeeded in bringing Britain to its knees in 1917, after that the British introduced the ‘Q-ships’ but I barely found information about how they could make the U-boats soo vulnerable? :|

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Re: bringing Britain to its knees in 1917

Post by Polar bear » 04 Jul 2018 12:46

hi, Mathew,

1. GB / the RN began fitting out Q- ships right after the war began (1914) see

2. The u-boats were vulnerable in surface action just like surface ships,and even more so as just one hit in the boat's body deprived them of their main means to escape - by diving.

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Re: bringing Britain to its knees in 1917

Post by Kristian S. » 04 Jul 2018 13:15

The topic has been discussed in some detail here:


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Re: bringing Britain to its knees in 1917

Post by Felix C » 24 Jul 2018 21:09

Q.ships in use considerably before 1917. Since 1915. They had some success when the Ger. were using Prize Rules and then again later when convoys drove some close inshore to hunt at convoy concentration points and small ships were used as decoys which brought the subs to the surface to save torps. for bigger ships.
It was the convoy system which lessened the sinkings. Here is a good book on the subject from the Ger. point of view. Commander of Submarines.: ... DQNZXN0A43

And this is WW1 so I suppose the thread will be moved.
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Re: bringing Britain to its knees in 1917

Post by mark harrison » 24 Jul 2018 23:52

Hi, You should check out the Baralong incident if you are interested in Q ships

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