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The Sinking of the Lancastria (2005)

by Jonathan Fenby

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One of the greatest sea disasters in WW II!! This book is a must read for WW II fans. The sinking of the Lancstria was not made known public by Winston Churchill when it happened but the horror remains until now after 60 years or so. Thousands of lives were lost at sea in it's sinking. This book is a blow by blow account of how the evacuees were brought to the Lancastria to sail for home. They eventually perished after it was bombed at sea. The book ends with the grotesque memory of the survivors, which met annually until today in Englad. There were more lives lost in the Lancastria than the Titanic.
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On June 17, 1940, just after the Dunkirk evacuation had supposedly ended in success, several thousand of the many British troops still left in France boarded a five-decked cruise liner called the Lancastria. Right after they boarded, the ship was dive-bombed by the German Luftwaffe, and a short time later the 17,000-ton Lancastria sank. German fighter planes strafed the oil slick sea, setting it ablaze as British troops banded together singing “Roll Out the Barrel” in the hopes of mustering any hope that still remained. In the end, with 4,000 soldiers, women, and children dead—with some estimates as high as 6,000—the disaster would eclipse that of both the Lusitania and the Titanic.

Although the story was picked up in the United States a few weeks later, it was reported only once by any British news outlet, and as the war progressed the tragedy eventually vanished. Author Jonathan Fenby argues that this was the result of a ruthless but necessary kibosh put in place by Winston Churchill in order to preserve British morale. Through firsthand interviews with survivors, some of whom had never spoken about it to anyone until being interviewed for this book, Fenby reconstructs the entire tragic saga.

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The Lancastria, a former Cunard liner turned into a troop ship, was sunk under Luftwaffe attack in the harbor at St. Nazaire, France with more than 6,000 people on board.

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