The book is well researched, drawing on primary sources including after action, official sources and numerous secondary sources...Stern's writing and presentation imparts a freshness to the narrative.

Australian Naval Institute

Essential reading.


Haar presents a balanced and well researched picture of the opening months of the naval conflict during World War Two. He presents convincing arguments without bias. A vast collection of photographs and other archival material help complete the image Haar creates. Information in the appendices is thoroughly researched and supports Haar's arguments. Although a great deal of detail is presented, Haar does not lose sight of the larger argument and constantly references back to his key arguments.

Nautical Research Journal

Examines the development of the deadly little craft, the training of their crews and the gradual evolution of tactics in the light of wartime experience.

East Kent Mercury

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