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In Action with Destroyers 1939–1945 (Hardback)

The Wartime Memoirs of Commander J A J Dennis DSC RN

WWII Royal Navy Naval

By Alec Dennis, Edited by Anthony J Cumming
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781526718495
Published: 2nd November 2017



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In Action with Destroyers 1939 - 1945 is a superbly written and exciting eyewitness account of the war at sea from 1939 to 1945. There can have been few, if any, naval officers who saw so much action as Alec Dennis, who served in four destroyers; HMS Griffin and Savage initially before commanding Valorous and Tetcott. While too modest to admit to it, he was mentioned in Despatches three times (Norway, sinking the Schnarhorst and in the North Sea) and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Greece 1942).

His war service also included the important but little known Madagascar operation, the Malta and Arctic convoys and D-Day.

For all the danger and action, Dennis recorded his remarkable experiences with a light even irreverent touch and, as a result, his memoir is not just a brilliant account of one man’s war at sea but a rattling good read.

An extraordinarily powerful story illustrating the daily strains and courage of those who served, told in an understated way. The fact that Dennis’s family asked that royalties from the book go to Help the Heroes says it all.
Very highly recommended.


About Alec Dennis

Alec Dennis DSC entered Dartmouth in 1931. After serving in the battleships Rodney and Resolution, he transferred to destroyers, serving in four during the Second World War. His experiences are the subject of this book. He retired from the Navy in 1957 and emigrated to Canada. Eventually he became a teacher for 10 years in Vancouver.

About Anthony J Cumming

Following a career in the British civil service, Anthony J. Cumming earned his PhD at the University of Plymouth and won the University of London's Julian Corbett Prize for Research in Modern Naval History. He is the author of two books on naval and air force history including Battle for Britain and Inter-service Rivalry between the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, 1909-40. He lives in Devon with his wife and pet greyhound.

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