Bayly's War

The Battle for the Western Approaches in the First World War
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Binding:Hardback
Published:March 15, 2018
By Steve Dunn (Author)

Bayly’s War is the story of the Royal Navy’s Coast of Ireland Command (later named Western Approaches Command) during World War I. After the sinking of the Lusitania in May 1915 and the introduction of unrestricted submarine warfare by the Germans, Britain found herself engaged in a fight for survival as U-boats targeted all incoming trade.

Vice-Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly was the man appointed to the Coast of Ireland Command. A fierce disciplinarian with a mania for efficiency, and thought by some of his colleagues to be more than a little mad, Bayly took the fight to the enemy. Using any vessel he could muster—trawlers, tugs, yachts—as well as the few naval craft at his disposal, he set out to hunt down the enemy submarines. Relief came when the United States sent destroyers to Queenstown, now known as Cobh, to serve under him, and Bayly, to the surprise of many, integrated the command into a homogenous fighting force.

Bayly’s War is a vivid account of this vigorous defense of Britain’s trade and brings to life the U-boat battles, Q-ship actions, merchant ship sinkings, and rescues as well as the tireless Bayly, the commander at the center.

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Product Details
  • Subject: World War I
  • Hardback : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1526701235
  • ISBN-13: 9781526701237
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  • Shipping Weight: 22.56 oz
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  • New Books Network Interview with Dunn
  • “This book addresses one of the less explored aspects of the First World War, the British response to the U-boat offensives around the coasts of Ireland and in the waters off the southwest of Great Britain. Drawing on printed and documentary sources from Britain, Ireland, the USA, Australia, and New Zealand, Steve Dunn describes how the Royal Navy used aggressive patrolling by sloops and auxiliaries, armed merchantmen and fishing vessels, to deter attacks on shipping and developed decoys, known as Q-ships, to lure U-boats to their destruction.... Dunn’s work is a fine piece of historical writing.” —Australian Naval Institute
  • Bayly’s War is an easy-to-read, fascinating account of sacrifice and bravery, shedding new light on the remarkable Bayly.” —Warships: International Fleet Review
  • “This new book gives a comprehensive coverage to the subject of the WWI anti-submarine warfare with fresh insight – Strongly Recommended.” —FIRE Reviews
  • Bayly's War is a vivid account of this vigorous defense of Britain's trade and brings to life the U-boat battles, Q-ship actions, merchant ship sinkings, and rescues as well as the tireless Bayly, the commander at the center. An impressively researched and deftly written history that is extraordinarily well organized and presented, Bayly's War: The Battle for the Western Approaches in the First World War is an invaluable and enduringly important contribution to the growing library of World War I histories and memoirs. Nicely illustrated with a series of plate illustrations, and featuring six Appendices, six pages of Notes, a three page Bibliography, and an eight page Index, Bayly's War is unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of military history buffs, as well as both community and academic library World War I Military & Naval History collections and supplemental studies reading lists.” —Midwest Book Review
  • “A well and very excitingly written description of the intense and cital activity of the Royal and, later, United States navies in the ‘Western Approaches’ to England during World War I, this important book reminds us of an important but mostly forgotten aspect of naval history…. An excellent biography.” —Ausmarine

STEVE DUNN has a special interest in the Royal Navy of the late Victorian, Edwardian, and World War I eras. His books include biographies of Admirals Cradock and Troubridge and the story of the first British battleship, Formidable, to be sunk by a torpedo. His most recent books, Blockade, and Securing the Narrow Sea, cover those other significant naval theatres in the great trade battles of World War I.

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