An incredible adventure from the Great War
This is a unique and riveting book. The steamer Tara and her crew spent the early part of WW1 patrolling the Northern Channel between England and Ireland before a transfer to coastal duties off Egypt and Libya. There she was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-Boat operating from a secret base on the Libyan coast. To ensure no intelligence of it’s presence leaked to the British, the Germans towed the survivors-including this book’s author, the Tara’s captain, into captivity at the hands of the Senussi-religious zealots in league with the Ottoman Turkish forces. Then began a tortuous ordeal for the crew who suffered abuse, starvation and in some cases death at the hands of their gaolers. Abortive escape attempts across the relentless ‘Red Desert’ followed before rescue finally came in the form of a dramatic hunt and final assault by the forty armoured cars of the Duke of Westminster’s squadron. An absolutely essential and gripping read which will be a delight to all those interested in the fortunes of British seamen, the war in the Middle East and well told accounts of true adventure.