The Arctic convoys that sailed through the cold malevolent waters of the Barents Sea ran the gauntlet of German air and sea attacks as they struggled to transport vital supplies to Britain's Russian allies.Convoy JW51B sailed in December 1942 with a small close escort of five destroyers, plus a reserve of two light cruisers, which shadowed the main convoy at a distance of seventy miles. The convoy was attacked on 31 December by a powerful German force that included the heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper, the pocket battleship Ltzow and six destroyers. The ensuing engagement proved the worth of the British destroyers and the bravery of the men who sailed in them.It was a naval engagement that had far-reaching consequences and resulted in many capital ships of the Kriegsmarine being decommissioned for the rest of World War II.A gripping tale of the war at sea under the direst of conditions.
Born in Walthamstow, London, I soon developed what was to become a lifelong interest in ships, (I worked in shipping for twenty years), and military history. Writing history is always a challenge, but an enjoyable one, and I try where possible to find subjects that have not already been extensively covered.
I was an advisor on the Yesterday Television documentary 'Operation Pedestal' and have written articles for various military magazines.
Another great passion of mine is motor racing - I even gave it a try myself some years ago, driving Formula Ford single seaters and Escort saloons, mainly at Brands Hatch, a great circuit! All of which led to the writing of my first novel, 'A Ribbon of Road in the Moonlight'. I felt that Formula One had already been well covered and so set the story in and around the classic road races of the 1950's, a highly dramatic era for the sport and one which I hope I have been able to capture in some measure.
For my latest book, 'End Game Burma', I have returned to military history and an account of the final bloody battle for Burma - Meiktila, 1945. Published by Pen & Sword, the book is now available.
Many thanks for your interest and whatever your choice of subject, enjoy your reading!