Written from the viewpoint of a professional naval officer rather than a historian, Captain Dickens encapsulates the drama of actions at Narvik in April 1940 in an entertaining though factually thorough manner. Unusually his research covers both the British and German perspectives in equal measure, giving credit or criticism where appropriate. As with all battles, success depends as much on the failures of the vanquished as the achievements of the victors. For the Kriegsmarine, failure to refuel promptly on arrival at Narvik, poor liaison between U-Boat and Surface ship command, faulty torpedoes, and insufficient magazine capacity all contributed towards failure in both battles. For the Royal Navy, Captain Bernard Warburton-Lee VC used the element of surprise to his advantage despite lack of accurate intelligence and capitalised on this using speed, flair and reasonably accurate torpedoes and gunnery. He received his orders direct from the Admiralty, by-passing C-in-C Home Fleet and the local commander, Vice-Admiral Jock Whitworth who might have been in a position to reinforce Warburton-Lee's 2nd Destroyer Flotilla, thereby obviating need for the 2nd battle. The 2nd battle (3 days later on 13th April) led by Whitworh in the battleship HMS WARSPITE destroyed all remaining German naval surface forces but, again, there was an element of luck in that at least 4 U-Boats in Vestfjord either failed to engage or did so with faulty torpedoes. Had the Luftwaffe been present, the outcome could have been very different given the paucity of British aviation assets in the region. Dickens captures all these aspects and provides the reader with a well-balanced analysis of events.