WHILE SCAPA FLOW is well known for its role as one of the world's great naval bases during the two world wars, the Forth and its estuary had an equally extraordinary story to tell. This river was very much a front line against Germany - a fact to which the intensive fortifications on its islands still bear mute testimony. During World War I Rosyth was the headquarters of Admiral Beatty's famous battlecruiser squadron and the Forth saw the greatest concentration of naval might ever seen in history as the German fleet steamed to surrender. Some of the finest pictures ever taken of the construction and fitting out of Britain's last great battleship class - the King George Vs - were taken at Rosyth. This book contains magnificent pictures of the British battle fleet setting sail from the Forth, of the rows of German ships at surrender after both wars, of the extraordinary steam powered K-class submarines for which the Forth was well known and of the destruction caused by Luftwaffe bombing raids. The Forth at War also includes many photographs from around the Forth - Home Guard exercises on the Water of Leith, parades and pillboxes in the centre of Edinburgh, German officers surrenderin
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Author Biography - William Fyfe Hendrie
WILLIAM F. HENDRIE is regular contributor to the Scots Magazine and the Sunday Post. He was born in Stirlingshire and educated at Bo'ness. He is a former Head Teacher and Educational Adviser to Scottish Television, for which he wrote a number of programmes. He works extensively with radio and is heavily involved in local history. He is the author of a number of books including Discovering the Firth of Forth, Discovering West Lothian and histories of Livingston and Linlithgow. He currently lives in Torphichen, West Lothian.