29 October 2012

The Rangitane Riddle

I'm giving a shout out to a book of personal interest as my father was involved -- not much to do with Canadian family history except had things turned out a little differently I wouldn't be.

The Royal Mail Ship Rangitane was a large, fast, majestic, two-funnelled ocean liner; an icon of the golden age of sea travel. Early in the Second World War she was intercepted at night and sunk by two small, slow, scruffy German raiders disguised as Japanese merchant traders, far from the main theatre of war. Why and how did this happen?
Was it true that they knew the wherabouts of Rangitane? Were there really secret agents feeding the Germans with information? Had British secret codes been compromised? Why did the raiders sail over a thousand miles out of their way to release the majority of the survivors on a remote British island while others were shipped back to POW camps in Germany? This is the Rangitane Riddle.
Read more, and order The Rangitane Riddle online from author Trevor Bell, at www.rangitane.co.uk/

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