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Outstanding on torpedo boat operations in the North Sea,
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Three qualities of the book. The Royal Navy's (he says "the Establishment") failure to prepare for narrow and shallow sea operations in both World Wars cost lives,unnecessary defeats and failed to attempt a strategic victory against the Swedish supply route to Rotterdam. It meant they went to sea in muddled boats, the wrong weapons and far down the list of priorities for supply. A story of leadership; how a 25 year old regular officer commanded a flotilla of torpedo boats on offensive operations night after night in the early years of the war. The responsibilities of decision making, team building, controlling fear and the consequences that led to the death of one's friends, collegues and crew as well as the enemy. Finally the actual tale; night action in the North Sea described so well that you can imagine being on the open bridge on a black night approaching the confusing noises of enemy ships. Brilliant.