The Sinking of the Lancastria: Britain’s Greatest Maritime Disaster and Churchill’s Cover-Up by Jonathan Fenby
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Overview: A fortnight after the evacuation at Dunkirk some 150,000 British troops were still stuck in France. As the German advance thundered west these Allied soldiers and airmen were faced with a mad dash to the coast in the hope that a troop-ship awaited them there. One such vessel was the ‘Lancastria’, a 16,000-ton liner pressed into service and now anchored off the port of St-Nazaire. On 17 June 1940, ready to head for home, the ship was bombed by the Luftwaffe. As she sank, between 3,500 and 4,000 of those on board lost their lives. Re-creating this extraordinary episode with great narrative flair, Jonathan Fenby shows us not just the human stories behind the disaster but the cover-up that followed — as Churchill ordered a blanket ban on news stories for the sake of the country’s morale. Gripping and moving, LANCASTRIA tells one of the great forgotten stories of the Second World War.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History