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This review is from: Unbroken: The Story of a Submarine (Paperback)
As having a long standing interest in naval history and in particular the submarine service. I like to read most books I can find on the subject.
I bought this one when I was going on holiday, and it has turned out to be one of the most interesting and accurate books on the subject in my library.
The book starts from when the boat was on the slips in Barrow, to when the boat was retired, and the Commander left the service in unusual circumstances at the end of hostilities. But in those terrible years, the book covers what the crew, family and the boat itself went through.
It describes in detail the rather unsavory odor that permeates a pre air conditioned diesel electric, to the various cooking, personal and mechanical smells of the boat. To the foibles of day to day life living in a metal coffin hoping to make it back in one piece, and the damage that can be caused during war. Both on the boat and the crew. In one passage he describes how during the daylight hours, the boats in the Grand Harbor in Valletta had to remain on the bottom, to evade Italian and German bombers. The heat and humidity alone must have been overwhelming! No climate control or ventilation in these boats.
Commander Mars also makes a great example of the typical pre war regular RN officer. Demonstrating the advantages of a good accent, a good education and being "Of the right Material" to command one of His Majesty's vessels. And judging by the bravery and professionalism they certainly chose well.
If anyone is interested in a day to day accurate account of life and indeed death of a WW2 submarine, buy this book. It really is one of the best.