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Code Name Habbakuk: A Secret Ship Made of Ice

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In late 1942, Britain was desperate to win the ongoing Battle of the Atlantic. German U-boats had sunk hundreds of Allied ships containing millions of tons of cargo that was needed to continue the war effort. Prime Minister Churchill had to find a solution to the carnage or the Nazis would be victorious. With the support of Churchill and Lord Louis Mountbatten, eccentric ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published April 15th 2012 by Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd.
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Richard Jr.
Oct 18, 2016 Richard Jr. rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, ww2
A secret Lake in Canada! A secret plan to defeat the U-boat domination of the central Atlantic Ocean gives rise to an amazing story! The documentation, held secret by the British for 35 years after the war reveal and eccentric genius, a half cocked plan to make an aircraft carrier of ice, and the selling of the idea to Churchill in a crazy bathtub demonstration by Lord Mountbatten. A mixture known as pykrete becomes the secrete to the prevention of melting and fracturing solid ice in order to ...more
Bill Leach
Jul 14, 2015 Bill Leach rated it really liked it
Great book about the initiative to build a large ship out of ice during World War 2. With the heavy shipping losses during the early years of the war, even extreme ideas were entertained for new weapons. An ice ship looked as it might be little affected by torpedoes and, given a hull refrigeration system, would be self healing. The chief proponent was Geoffrey Pyke, a man with many ideas but short on implementation detail.

The key to the idea was ice containing 14 percent wood pulp which overcame
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