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Brilliant account of a vital sea campaign,
This review is from: Unbroken: The Story of a Submarine (Pen & Sword Military Classics) (Paperback)
Alastair Mars commanded the British submarine Unbroken for the whole of 1942, during the Siege of Malta. During that time he and the ship's crew sank 30,000 tons of enemy shipping.
The submarine also engaged the enemy on land - landing and picking up secret agents on the coast of Occupied Europe, and shelling enemy rail traffic. On one occasion, Unbroken blew up a train carrying 14,000 tons of supplies for Rommel.
'Unbroken' takes you right through Mars' time in command of her, what it was like to operate in the Mediterranean at this point in WW2 - the stress, the foul air of the submarine - stewed cabbage was particularly bad in this respect ... (hiding from the enemy was more important than surfacing to change the air), chancing their luck going through minefields, or enduring depth charging. As well as the sub's successes, Mars mentions the errors made by the crew (which seems to have been relatively inexperienced) and reversals of fortune.
You get a real feeling for the vital contribution the Royal Navy's Submarine Service made to the war in the Mediterranean and on land in North Africa, by a real breed of heroes.