Nolan, Liam  

Secret Victory Ireland And the War at Sea


The forgotten history of Ireland’s vital role in the naval side of the First World War.

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Between 1915 and the entry of the United States into the war in 1917, merchant shipping was badly shaken by German submarines. In 1915 losses were exceeding the replacement rate of ships, and Britain's supply lines were seriously threatened.


There was a brief respite when unrestricted submarine warfare was suspended following the sinking of the Lusitania. However, shipping losses were still high and the Kaiser agreed to allow the submarines to return to unrestricted attacks in 1917.


Only the entry of the US in 1917 and the pursuit of a convoy system, saved the British supply lines from total strangulation. Ireland played a crucial and largely forgotten role in this battle for the Atlantic. It was from its secure harbour that British and American naval forces battled the German empire's submarines and navy. In this new and comprehensive study of the role Ireland played, Liam & John E. Nolan look at the circumstances that surrounded the feat and at the interesting characters who commanded the navies and crewed the ships.


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ISBN 9781856356213

About the Author

Liam Nolan is a retired distinguished broadcaster having worked with the BBC and ITV, as well as being a presenter on RTÉ. Liam lives in Co Galway. John E. Nolan lives in Dublin and worked closely with his brother to research and write this book.


'A cracking great read, a thriller to match the best and a non-stop page-turner'

- Evening Echo


'This is a hidden human history unearthed by Liam and John Nolan, a largely forgotten but crucial episode of the Great War - and it is well told'

- Irish Independent


'The authors have a fine journalistic style to present this history'

- Munster Express