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A dramatic story of a young man's war at sea.,
By A Customer
This review is from: His Majesty's Gunboat 658: The Small Boat War in the Mediterranean (Cassell Military Paperbacks) (Paperback)
I first read this excellent book as a schoolboy in around 1955. The author was my English master but the book was read voluntarily! The story is an account of the Mediterranean sea war through the eyes of a very young, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve officer. The style of writing is as fresh today as when the book was first published. The drama which unfolds could have featured easily in any "Boys Own" adventure story!
The author joined Gunboat 658, a small but extremely powerful vessel, while it was still under construction and he remained with it to the end of the war. The story tells how the author gained experience and confidence under the guidance of his Canadian skipper and, eventually, became Gunboat 658's commanding officer at the age of 21!
The story of Motor Gunboat 658 is told in clear and straight forward language and provides a vivid description of life, hardship, death and camaraderie on these small and vulnerable fighting vessels.
The story is also significant for its account of the inspirational role played by officers of the Royal Canadian Navy in leading the gunboat flotillas in their daring, hit and run missions.
Motor Gunboat 658 is a thoroughly exciting and rewarding read.