The Secret Capture written Stephen Roskill and published by Seaforth Publishing.

This is a fantastic little book, only because some of the books I’ve been reading lately have been big heavy tomes, this little book certainly packs a punch. A book that tells the story of the capture of the German U Boat-110 in 1941, on-board was discovered a working enigma machine along with relevant code books. A fantastic find for the British which they kept ‘secret’ from the Germans who also never admitted it might have been captured. By getting this it is reckoned that it shortened the war as it gave access to the British of all the German messages and communications. The book is a reprint from the 50’s, but it certainly stands the test of time and reads like a Boys Own book full of adventure.

The Secret Capture is very well written and informatively detailed throughout to the end. This book is very readable yet dense in information that will be of value to the ordinary ‘Joe Bloggs’ reader or the wannabe history type of person. There is a very interesting chart at the back of the book that puts everyone in position for the event. This particular subject needs to be out there more and this book does it justice. I would recommend this book to anyone with a 5 star rating.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.