This is an experimental hybrid meeting which will be 'live' and 'online' at the same time. It will be streamed 'live' into zoom from the branch event which will be taking place in York on Saturday 14 August.
This presentation by Graham Kemp begins with essential differences between U-boats and Submarines, as different conceptions of submersibles, and examines different kinds of U Boats used in the war. Then it looks at how Germany first planned to use them and how they almost by accident developed them into a deadly raider. The talk will then cover the U boat Commerce campaign of 1917-18, its aims, hopes and intentions, before explaining why it was doomed to inevitable failure, and the huge cost Germany paid for that failure.
The second part of the presentation will examine the actual experiences of the crews serving in the boats, what it was like to serve in them, the danger, the humour, and is drawn from the very few accounts ever written by their crews.
The event will NOT be streamed live into Facebook on this occasion. It is also contingent on the venue being open and available. If further Covid are restrictions imposed then this event may have to be cancelled.