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The Sinking of the Laconia
A Tragedy in the Battle of the Atlantic
By Grossmith, Frederick
Descripton: The author presents a well-illustrated account that attempts to look at the incident from all sides, updating the evidence since Léonce Peillard's book U-boats to the Rescue of 1963; several of the illustrations of course come from Peillard, as well as several from the U-Boot-Archiv. I have not read Peillard's book so I cannot compare it with this current volume, but there appears to be fresh material from Laconia survivors; extracts from the war diary of Lt. Cmdr. Marco Revedin of the Italian submarine Capellini; the Americans on Ascension Island plus the identity of the USAF air crew that was ordered to attack U-156; collected together with material on the pre-war Laconia; extracts from Doris Hawkins' Atlantic Torpedo; the 'Laconia Order' and the Nuremberg Trials; etc. Altogether, a very interesting book.