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The sea, war and barbed wire : a story of merchant navy men / Philip Algar.

By: Algar, Philip.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: [Stroud, England] : Fonthill, 2018Description: 224 pages : illustrations (black and white), portraits, plans ; 24 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781781556825 (hbk); 1781556822 (hbk).Subject(s): Algar, Stanley, 1899-1992 | Merchant mariners -- Great Britain -- Biography | Merchant marine -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | World War, 1939-1945 -- Atlantic Ocean | World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, German | World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, British | Prisoners of war -- Great Britain -- Biography | Prisoners of war -- Germany -- BiographyGenre/Form: Biographies.Summary: This is the fascinating story of Captain Stanley Algar, an oil tanker master. Captured in the Atlantic, he and his colleagues spent four years behind barbed wire. This book, partly based on his diaries, hidden from the Germans, tells how the prisoners survived, confronted starvation and reacted to camp life and German propaganda. A graphic account of their liberation, written as it happened, is included. The role of the U boats and the merchant raider vessels and their commanders is discussed. Why, initially, were they so successful? Many other aspects of the war, including the role of the BBC, the German attempt to persuade some prisoners to change sides and enemy propaganda, are considered. How did the prisoners know what was happening in the war and why was their information so accurate? What was their relationship with the guards?
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This is the fascinating story of Captain Stanley Algar, an oil tanker master. Captured in the Atlantic, he and his colleagues spent four years behind barbed wire. This book, partly based on his diaries, hidden from the Germans, tells how the prisoners survived, confronted starvation and reacted to camp life and German propaganda. A graphic account of their liberation, written as it happened, is included. The role of the U boats and the merchant raider vessels and their commanders is discussed. Why, initially, were they so successful? Many other aspects of the war, including the role of the BBC, the German attempt to persuade some prisoners to change sides and enemy propaganda, are considered. How did the prisoners know what was happening in the war and why was their information so accurate? What was their relationship with the guards? What correspondence with home was allowed? There is a discussion of the Nuremberg trials and the appalling cost of the war. Finally, there are many pen portraits of international leaders and 'ordinary' men propelled into another conflict so soon after the war to end all wars had been concluded.

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This is the fascinating story of Captain Stanley Algar, an oil tanker master. Captured in the Atlantic, he and his colleagues spent four years behind barbed wire. This book, partly based on his diaries, hidden from the Germans, tells how the prisoners survived, confronted starvation and reacted to camp life and German propaganda. A graphic account of their liberation, written as it happened, is included. The role of the U boats and the merchant raider vessels and their commanders is discussed. Why, initially, were they so successful? Many other aspects of the war, including the role of the BBC, the German attempt to persuade some prisoners to change sides and enemy propaganda, are considered. How did the prisoners know what was happening in the war and why was their information so accurate? What was their relationship with the guards?

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgements (p. 5)
  • Introduction (p. 9)
  • 1 The Approach to a New Global Conflict (p. 13)
  • 2 The War to End all Wars-Again (p. 22)
  • 3 Agnita: The Early Days in the New War (p. 27)
  • 4 Captured (p. 35)
  • 5 To the Prison Camp (p. 45)
  • 6 Sandbostel Again and Milag Nord (p. 56)
  • 7 Camp Activities (p. 82)
  • 8 The War at Sea (p. 103)
  • 9 News, Rumour, and Propaganda (p. 125)
  • 10 Clinging On (p. 139)
  • 11 Invasion and Liberation (p. 162)
  • 12 Peace and Going Home (p. 179)
  • 13 The Aftermath of War (p. 187)
  • 14 The Nuremberg Trials and the Fate of the Enemies (p. 193)
  • 15 What Happened to Stanley Algar? (p. 196)
  • 16 People (p. 200)
  • Bibliography (p. 223)