In 1915, Harold Auten, was one of the first officers selected for Q-Ship service, along with Gordon Campbell.
As one of the pioneers, the he helped develop the Q-Ship's designs and tactics. His third command, HMS Stock Force was involved in a fierce encounter with a U-boat off Start Point in July 1918. Although the submarine survived, the Q-ship did not, foundering on tow. For this action Auten was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Q-Boat Adventures was the first book to be published about the Q-Ships and made Auten into a household name. The tales described therein remain as exciting today as in 1919 when the world first read of the brave exploits of the decoy ships.
by Harold Auten ISBN No 1904381103
14x22cm 289 pages with 16 b&W photos and illustrations