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Warrior Queens: The Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth in World War II by Daniel Allen Butler (Stackpole Books) is a non-fiction hardcover book published in 2002, 224 pages in length and 6 x 9 inches in size.
When the armies of Nazi Germany stormed into Poland in September 1939, Great Britain was thrust against her will into another world war. The tremendous sacrifices of the "war to end all wars" that had been made only two decades earlier proved fruitless in the face of Nazi tyranny. The German blitzkrieg destroyed Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's illusion that peace and Nazism could coexist, compelling Great Britain to aid her Polish ally.
The decision to once more defend Europe created a critical need for the British to assemble her troops from all corners of their far-flung empire. Fortunately, Great Britain proved yet again its capability as the world's greatest maritime power. The passenger liners of her merchant fleet were easily transformed into troopships able to carry thousands of soldiers on every passage, thus transporting the garrisons of Britain's colonies home to defend the isles. Because of their great speed and size, the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth proved to be the crown jewels of this fleet.
Caught in mid-crossing on her way to New York with a full complement of passengers when war was declared, the Queen Mary concluded her final peace-time voyage following a wild zig-zag pattern intended to confuse any German U-boat captains that might be anxious to sink the pride of the British fleet. The Queen Elizabeth secretly sailed from her English berth to escape the bombs of the German Luftwaffe, eventually joining her sister ship. Before long, the ornate interiors and luxury cabins of both ships were removed. In their place, thousands of bunks were installed, extra lifeboats and rafts were brought aboard, 3-inch and 20 millimeter anti-aircraft guns were mounted, rocket launchers were attached, and range-finders and central fire-controls were added.
Capable of speeds more than twice as fast as the quickest convoys, the Queens always sailed alone, defying German submarines. Adolf Hitler even placed a bounty on each as incentive for captains to sink the elusive vessals. The tandem earned the nickname "the Grey Ghosts", highlighting their elusive capabilities to outrun any potential attacker.
The wartime service careers of the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth were nothing short of spectacular. Conversions in America had made the two Queens capable of each ferrying more than 16,000 troops during a crossing, the equivalent of an entire army division. Together they logged over one million nautical miles and carried more than one million military personnel, solidifying themselves in the annals of military history as two of the most useful seafaring vessels.