Into the Danger Zone, Wartime Crossings of the First World War

Tad G. Fitch

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Hello everyone,
Given the shared interests in ocean liners and the Olympic Class ships that many of us here have, I thought I would inform the readers regarding a new book that I coauthored with researcher Mike Poirier which is due out in October in the UK and Europe, and February in the US and Canada. The title is "Into the Danger Zone, Sea Crossings of the First World War."

Here is a brief synopsis of the subject matter from the cover of the book:

"As the Great War loomed, the transatlantic passenger trade was then at its peak. As the enormity of the conflict grew, many liners were conscripted into military service. In an attempted counter-blockade of England, German U-boats began sinking Allied merchant vessels. In some cases such as the sinking of the Lusitania, this sparked international outrage. The U-boat campaign would eventually draw the previously neutral United States into the war, following the declaration of unrestricted submarine warfare in 1917. By war’s end U-boats managed to sink over 5,000 ships, killing 15,000 people in the process. Into the Danger Zone recounts what it was like for both military and civilians alike to experience a sea voyage in a time of war and uncertainty, when there was any number of dangers, including U-boats, mines, enemy surface vessels, and unpredictable weather. Attacks were frequent and tragedy all too common. This engaging oral history helps readers to experience this little-explored chapter of the twentieth century through the use of a large quantity of unpublished and rare first-hand accounts, illustrations and photographs."

Here is a link to the Facebook page for the book, with outtakes, previews of material from the book, and additional information. We are updating this frequently:

https://www.facebook.com/intothedangerzone?ref_type=bookmark

Kind regards,
Tad
 

Adam Went

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Sounds fascinating indeed, Tad - best of luck with it and I look forward to getting my copy. I presume it will be available through Amazon?

Cheers,
Adam.
 

Tad G. Fitch

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Sounds fascinating indeed, Tad - best of luck with it and I look forward to getting my copy. I presume it will be available through Amazon?

Cheers,
Adam.

Hi Adam and everyone. Sorry for the much-delayed response. Regarding the book, it will be available any day now. It was originally to be available to retailers in the UK and Europe on October 1st, but got delayed due to a few last-minute issues. It is with the printer right now, and the publisher is just waiting to get the books in the warehouse before starting to fulfill orders. Hopefully that will occur no later than sometime next week. The book will be available in the U.S. and Canada starting in February. Amazon UK, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The History Press and others are all taking preorders at this time.

Here is the website for the book: Into the Danger Zone

And the link to the Facebook page for it: https://www.facebook.com/intothedangerzone

Both of these sites should give a good idea of what will be contained in the book. There is a lot of information about Olympic and Britannic, and a whole range of other ships, both famous and lesser-known. It is very first-person account heavy.

All my best,
Tad