A Damned Un-English Weapon
A Novel by Jim Thesing
Early one morning in September 1914, a new and terrible weapon changed naval warfare forever. On that morning, a single primitive German submarine sank three British armored cruisers, killing nearly 1,500 men. Up to that moment, few people knew submarines even existed. Overnight, terror swept England.
At the beginning of the First World War, England’s Royal Navy had the greatest fleet of warships the world had ever seen. Suddenly, because of this one attack, the Royal Navy’s supremacy was in question. Savage criticism rained down on the First Lord of the Admiralty, a young gentleman named Winston Churchill.
This novel weaves historical fact with an imagining of how both British and German officers and seamen, those who lived and died, may have experienced this event. It is a story that deserves to be told. With the centennial observance of World War I, now is the time to tell this story.
Read the Prologue for a taste of the perilous life aboard an early German undersea boat. Then follow the brave young men through the summer of 1914 and into the war, leading up to the fateful encounter that established the new threat of undersea warfare.