Blood in the Sea: HMS Dunedin and the Enigma Code

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This harrowing tale of survival pays moving tribute to the courageous British sailors of World War II, and offers entrance into the ultra-secret world of British code-breaking. In November 1941, the British light cruiser HMS Dunedin was patrolling the shipping lanes of the central Atlantic, directed to its targets by British intelligence agents who had cracked the German “Enigma” code. On November 24, a torpedo from a German U-boat sent her crashing to the ocean floor, along with over 400 of her crew. For three days, 72 desperate survivors clung to the flotsam, fighting off swarming sharks and pounding waves until an American ship stumbled across the scene.

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Stuart Gill is a career diplomat now working on British/EU legislative issues in Brussels. His father, Bill Gill, still alive and well, was one of only 67 survivors from the sinking of the cruiser Dunedin in the South Atlantic, November 1941. That extraordinary episode was the inspiration for Stuart Gill's first book.

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'Written by the son of one of the (very few) survivors, this book tells the gripping story of the fate of HMS Dunedin and her crew when they were hit by a U-boat torpedo in 1941.' LIVING HISTORY (January 2004)

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