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The Blockade Busters (Kindle)

Maritime Norway in WWII

By Ralph Barker
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
File Size: 7.7 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781473809451
eBook Released: 1st August 2007

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Recounts one of the greatest sea stories of World War II. It is the story of how George Binney, a 39 year-old civilian working in neutral Sweden when Norway was overrun by the Germans in 1940, set about running vital cargoes of Swedish ball-bearings and special steels to Britain through the blockaded Skagerrak, where German air strength was dominant and where the Royal Navy dare not trespass. Despite Admiralty gloom and in the face of political objections that were overcome by Binney's persistence, five ships carrying a year's supply of valuable materials for the expanding British war industries were successfully sailed to Britain in January 1941. A following attempt was not as successful and ended when six ships were sunk or scuttled. But then came the saga of the Little Ships, the motor gunboats flying the Red Duster that operated out of the Humber to and from the Swedish coast in the winter of 1943/44, defying the strengthened German defences and the wrath of severe weather.

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About Ralph Barker

Ralph Barker was a respected author and historian. After serving with the RAF in WW2 and later at the Air Historical Branch, he retired to write fulltime in 1961. Over more than fifty years he penned twenty eight volumes. Books such as Strike Hard, Strike Sure (1963, 1990), The Blockade Busters (1976, 2005) and Men of the Bombers (2005) established him as an outstanding narrator of tales of human courage. Bill Lancaster: The Final Verdict was first published in 1969(Harrap) as Verdict on a Lost Flyer.

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