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Destroyers, Greyhounds of the Fleet (Hardback)

Memoirs of a Naval Gunner in the Second World War

Maritime > Naval WWII World History

By Peter Saxton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 272
Illustrations: 8 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781036112295
Published: 30th September 2024

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A remarkable read, detailed, hour-to-hour and 'immediate' account of action, a personal but modest story, and the author and shipmates of all ranks come to life. There are excellent accounts of training, action-stations, gunnery, tactics ad strategy, officer- and ratings- relationships, and leadership, and all told in objective and authentic, and readable language. This is no 'gung-ho' account but sober and serious history with full grasp of tactics and strategy. It shows how capital ships - battleships, battle-cruisers, heavy cruisers - are vulnerable to U-Boat and E-Boat attack while 'little ships', destroyers, light cruisers and frigates, are at sea constantly and protecting convoys. The account is from personal experience of service on the strategic position of England's East Coast and North Sea, with fear of German naval power, E-Boats and U-Boats, and the value early radar. There are graphic accounts of sea conditions, moving picture of a merchant captain and loss of ship, plus vital importance of mine-sweeping. Readers might be shocked by German battleships in the English Channel and quotes from German sources. There is a powerful account of the naval role at 'action-stations' of the Allies-Axis war-effort and encounters with top commanders, naval and military, and Mediterranean campaign of Admiral Cunningham - and invasion of Sicily and Italy, and Normandy D-Day preparation.

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About Peter Saxton

Dr P J Saxton BA, MBA, DBA, is a unique mix of RAF officer, academic and business person. He has commissioned and edited the contributions and written key pieces. He learned to fly with his University Air Squadron, was commissioned in the Royal Air Force and graduated as a Pilot Officer from the RAF Training Unit at RAF Henlow where he was awarded the Sword of Honour. Jet training was followed by service with the ANZUK force in Singapore and Malayasia, NATO battlefield support helicopter squadrons and also peace-keeping support in Northern Ireland. He was Officer Commanding SD(H) Flight for special operations. His career turned to North Sea oil as line Captain with British Airways Helicopters - the subject of the book - and was followed by a succession of senior posts with British Airways.

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