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A Reluctant Hero: The Life of Captain Robert Ryder VC [Kindle Edition]

Richard Hopton
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This is the first biography of Captain Robert Ryder V.C., Royal Navy (1908-1986), one of the greatest naval heroes of the Second World War. Ryder led the audacious raid on St Nazaire in March 1942 which completely destroyed the port’s dry dock, depriving the German’s mighty pocket battleships of its use for the remainder of the war. The raid was one of the most brilliantly-executed combined operations of the war, much of the credit for which must go to Ryder’s outstanding planning and courageous leadership. He received one of five Victoria Crosses awarded for the operation.

Although Ryder’s name will be forever linked with the raid on St Nazaire, the rest of his war service was no less distinguished. Torpedoed in a ‘Q’ ship in 1940 he was rescued after clinging to a piece of wreckage for four days. After St Nazaire, he was heavily involved in the planning of combined operations and took part in the ill-fated raid on Dieppe. On ‘D’ Day he lead a naval assault party in the first wave of the invasion. For the rest of the war Ryder commanded a destroyer on the Arctic convoys.

Ryder’s naval career before the war was, as The Times put it on his death, unorthodox. In 1933-34 he, as captain, and four other young naval officers sailed the Tal-Mo-Shan, a 54 food ketch, from Hong Kong to England via the Panama Canal in a voyage lasting exactly a year, an outstanding achievement. Recently there has been press speculation that the voyage was a cover for naval espionage in Japanese waters. The Tal-Mo-Shan herself has now acquired international celebrity as a result of her sail-on part in the Abba film Mamma Mia. Between 1934 and 1937 Ryder served in the Antarctic as captain of the Penola, the base ship of the British Graham Lane Expedition. His formidable navigation and seamanship was largely responsible for the Penola, which was ill-adapted to polar conditions, surviving her ordeal intact. Ryder also took part in some of the earliest ocean yacht races, including the second Fastnet race in 1926.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2298 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword (19 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091WB5AM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A First Rate Naval History 21 Feb 2012
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This was the first book that I have read by Richard Hopton and I hope he writes many more. Very well researched,interesting and entertaining and indeed difficult to put down. It was sad that Ryder VC an incredible and very brave sailor later found Parliament and the Retail Business difficult. In my opinion this book is a must for anyone who enjoys reading naval or military history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A life well lived 10 July 2014
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An inspiring story of courage and adventure. I recommend this biography to anyone interested in the sea, the second world war or a life well lived.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting well written. 9 July 2014
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very interesting well written. enjoy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unknown hero 23 July 2014
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Good account of a war hero I had never heard of previously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 10 Nov 2012
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Well worth a read. A truly interesting life recorded in an interesting fashion as humble and unassuming as the man is depicts.
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