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This review is from: A Home on the Rolling Main (Paperback)
I've read a fair number of WWII books from the viewpoint of both allied and axis infantryman, tankman, airman and submariner. I was missing surface ships, in particular I wanted a British destroyer.
Sadly, this isn't the book that I was expecting. It is a tedious read, probably one for naval historians rather than the casual WWII reader. A few bits of life on-board but not enough to hold my interest. Very little in the way of contact reports, a couple of notable exchanges of course, but they are only very briefly covered in a couple of page turns.
Most of the time it appears that the author was either bored on watch or in dock with the ship getting a boiler clean, again. Then when on land, in a club, hunting or training.
If you are a historian or RN from that period then some obscure detail and names dropped might be useful to you. The score would have been worse had it not been for the excellent photographs. There are also some examples of obvious repetition that should have been caught by the editor.
I'll continue my search.
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Initial post: 3 Jun 2014 22:32:21 BDT
Iain Ballantyne says:
Try 'Red Tobruk', by Frank Gregory-Smith, or even 'HMS Electra' by T.J. McCain (but the latter is hard to get).
I have not seen this one, but the two above are in my view pretty good.
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