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The Sunken Gold-First World War Espionage and Greatest Treas

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The Sunken Gold-First World War Espionage and Greatest Treas

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On 25 January 1917, HMS Laurentic struck two German mines off the coast of Ireland and sank. The ship was carrying 44 tons of gold bullion to the still-neutral United States in order to finance the war effort for Britain and its allies. Britain desperately needed that sunken treasure, but any salvage had to be secret since the British government dared not alert the Germans to the presence of the gold. Lieutenant Commander Guybon Damant was the most qualified officer to head the risky mission. Wild gales turned the operation into a multiyear struggle of man versus nature. As the war raged on, Damant was called off the salvage to lead a team of covert divers to search through the contents of recently sunk U-boats for ciphers, minefield schematics, and other secrets. The information they obtained proved critical towards Allied efforts to defeat the U-boats and win the war. Using newly discovered sources, author Joseph A. Williams provides the first full-length account of the quest for the Laurentic's gold.

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Stock Code: H8893.0
Author: Williams JA
ISBN13: 9780750988933
Page Count: 320
Publication Date: 31 Oct 2018
Publisher: HISTORY PRESS
Publication Status: Available
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