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Running the Gauntlet: How Three Giant Liners Carried a Million Men to War 1942-1945 - Alister Satchell

London: Chatham Publishing, 2001, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Maps; Frontispiece;

From the cover: “The use of the three great Cunard liners Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary and Aquitania as fast transatlantic troop transports was one of the great high-risk operations of the Second World War, yet it was vital to the build-up of U.S. troops in the British Isles in preparation for, D-Day.

Sailing unescorted, and carrying up to 15,0000 men at a time, a single torpedo from a U-boat could have resulted in one of the greatest military disasters in history.

This book, written by the former cipher Officer of the Aquitania, gives a unique insight into this unprecedented wartime ‘shuttle service’, with graphic accounts of the dangers faced not only from U-boats and enemy aircraft, but also from the elements, as the liners crossed the stormy North Atlantic overloaded to an extent never anticipated by their designers. Most importantly, the author reveals for the first time how decoded ‘Enigma’ signals were central to the success of this operation, enabling the troops for the invasion of Europe to cross the Atlantic in time for the 1944 deadline.

Based on the author’s diaries, this insider’s view of one of the most fascinating, and dangerous, naval operations in history is an important contribution to our understanding of the Battle of the Atlantic, and of the Second World War as a whole.”


Size: 9½" x 6¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages.
£11.80
Running the Gauntlet: How Three Giant Liners Carried a Million Me