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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
You might be thinking that at £1.31, it doesn't really matter whether this book is good or not - it's cheaper than a bottle of water at a train station. In truth, that was my thought when clicking the 'order now' button. I scanned the reviews, but didn't pay them much heed.

Thankfully this cracking little book turned out to be well worth the £1.31. Indeed, I'm not sure what surprised me the most; the price, how good it is, or the fact the print edition is older than I am.

Presumably a new addition to the Kindle library, there are a couple of typos, and not many pictures. Mindful of when it was written, there's no swearing either (something which I found difficult to accept, having worked with a former submariner!). Nonetheless it is a very good read, charting the patrol and shore-leave highlights of HMS Tally-Ho and her crew during the final stages of the war in the Far East.

To me, a good litmus of a book's quality is how late one stays up reading - in my case twenty five to two before I suddenly realised how tired I had become.

On that basis, thoroughly recommended little read for enthusiasts of the subject. It's well written, and easily accessible, making it ideal for dipping in and out of during the commute.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2012
This is a stirring tale of the united determination of the Captain and ship's {or boat's) company to prosecute their warfare in an often overlooked theatre. The technical aspects of operating a submarine are presented in a readable and enlightening way and point to the endless adaptability and competence of all involved and the understated courage of every man onboard during the repeated patrols in hostile waters. The less formal atmosphere than would be expected in a surface vessel is amply portrayed and yet the exceptional espirit de corps generated within the team that cannot afford any passengers generates its own overwhelmingly powerful discipline. The resulting and famed "can-do"spirit is amply demonstrated by the flexibility they demonstrate in using their limited resources, particularly living space, to support the clandestine operations of the Army.
This book is a fine, well-written tribute to an outstanding "Boat" and a Captain and crew that served in her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2012
My father served on HMS Tally-Ho so this book is very special, giving lots of detail I never knew about his time aboard. The attention to detail is excellent and is a really good read for anyone with an interest in Royal Navy, Submarines and 2nd World War
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2012
The bravery of submariners has never been in question. Therefore, as the author of The Captain`s Story a novel about the Royal Navy`s youngest ever Captain`s fight to help win back the Falkland Islands, and conquer his own personal demons, I felt I must read this book.
Conditions in modern day submarines can be difficult to say the least. But sixty years ago they were a heck of a lot worse.
Combine this with the dangers facing them on a daily basis, one wonders how these men coped and survived, both mentally and physically. Their bravery and determination to win through is exemplary.
A very well-written account of life on board a Royal Navy submarine in World War Two. A steal at this price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2012
Carefully written with a clear account of technical matters and a good study of the uncomfortable lives of submarine crews. There are only a couple of typos. With a basic kindle some (rather good) diagrams are difficult to read. Experience the long periods of crew tedium and the hazards of action which seems almost to come as a relief from the boredom. A good book for anyone with an interest in submarines in the 2nd World War - and at less than £2 is good value.

For a very interesting and detailed account of (German) Uboats read 'The U-Boat Century' by Jak Mallmann Showell
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2012
A book that shows the courage and perseverance of the submarine service in the Second World War when submarines could go where no surface ship could go and hence bring an impact on the enemy out of all proportion to the cost of the submarine.
The Malacca Straits were a difficult area in which to operate but Tally-Ho did it with skill.
A good example of the excercise of sea power which the Government should note.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2013
I thought that this would give me a good insight into a WW2 submarine its crew, routines and patrols. Sadly much of this was glossed over and somehow the author managed to make the sinking of a 6,000 ton crusier somewhat unexciting. Maybe this actually gave me a good impression of what life was really like but I found it all a bit beige!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2013
An excellent account of a wartime vessel and its remarkable .crew. It is difficult or even impossible to understand the conditions the crew of this vessel endured whilst doing the job for which they had trained and done it without any expectation of reward s or decorations. I take my hat off to Bennington and his crew.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2012
An expertly written and totally captivating book. It really makes you wonder how people managed under such extreme conditions, with the possibilty of death such an everyday occurence. I would recommend this to anybody who has an interest in the war, particularly real life narratives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2012
A well written and interesting account. My only slight criticism (hence only 4 stars) is that the e-book version didn't allow me to expand the diagrams and maps so that I could read them. It did not detract from what is, otherwise, a excellent book
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