It was this way, you see, that I happened to work up to that depth-charge crescendo.
The enemy is a 'Fritz,' a depth-charge a 'pill,' torpedoes are 'mouldies.'
The apparently simple words, heavy with sinister significance, sank like a depth-charge into Mr. Prohack's consciousness.
On investigation this was found to be merely disturbances caused by the explosion of the depth-charge.
The depth-charge had fouled a trailing wire from some of my ‘stage scenery sky’ and been dragged along to detonate close astern.
I crash-dived, and they must have seen me go down, as a few minutes later the boat was violently shaken by a depth-charge.
The shock from the depth-charge—which appears to have detonated just about right to have the maximum effect—was terrific.
At the beginning of the war the German depth-charge was a thing of contempt, and its English counterpart was nearly as useless.
It was too close for a torpedo, nor was there a fair chance for a depth-charge.