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Unfortunate Occurrences and Knavish Tricks

The Last Voyage of the SS Capira

The dramatic untold story of an unsung hero of the Arctic convoys.

In war, it is not just the knavish tricks of the enemy but also the unfortunate homegrown occurrences that can result in disasters. This book chronicles the circumstances surrounding an aging Panamanian freighter, the SS Capira, on her last voyage in convoys PQ 15, QP 13, and SC 97. Between November 1941 and September 1942, the ship suffered several significant losses brought about by allied actions that far outweighed those caused by the enemy.

John Chuter tells SS Capira’s story using primary archive material from the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Russia, and Germany as well as interviews, letters, and previously unpublished contemporaneous eyewitness accounts. Chuter recounts the political, strategic, tactical, and technical issues that shaped the events and chronicles the efforts of the extraordinary sailors who took part in the action.

192 pages | 20 halftones | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

History: Military History


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