Dartmouth Conspiracy was first published in 1999. Shortly after the first edition came out I was delighted to get letters from people who had enjoyed the book - some of them contained information about the raid on Dartmouth and revealed some interesting facts.
German Naval Cadets
On a recent visit to Britannia Royal Naval College I was given a copy of this photograph, published in the college magazine. It shows the sail-training ship Gorch Fock leaving Dartmouth in the summer of 1936 after German cadets and crew had been invited on a good-will tour of Britannia College. Did they return to Germany with vital information about where the British cadets would be gathered on the first day of term? Perhaps they did - but the attack by six Focke-Wulfs in 1942 was badly timed. They were a week too early. The College was on leave. Their sole victim was our next-door neighbour, Ellen Whittall.