Darkest Before Dawn: U-482 And The Sinking Of The Empire Heritage 1944 Paperback – 1 Mar 2011
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About the Author
John Peterson first became interested in the story of the Empire Heritage upon discovering that his grandfather had been aboard when she was sunk. He was one of the few survivors. John Peterson has written many articles for Shetland Life, The New Shetlander and Scottish Island Explorer.
Top Customer Reviews
The author manages to weave the statistical information into the story seamlessly adding to the unfolding drama. A balance is struck throughout with the events viewed from the different aspects of all those involved. The story told in this way serves to remind us that the war was fought by ordinary people, who faced the same dangers, had the same worries and suffered the same losses regardless of which side they were on.
If you know a reasonable amount about the naval history of the Second World War, it's easy to get a handle on the story, but John Peterson has decided to reach out to both those who do and those who don't. So he gives the in-depth history of all four vessels. bringing them to what you could call - if you were being melodramatic - their moment of destiny, when the commander of U-482 struck at the convoy. He explains the convoy system, and U-boat tactics, as well, making this book a very useful introduction to the broader subject. He also deals well with the findings of the court of inquiry that followed the loss of this huge ship and her critically important cargo - as well as that of the rescue ship, Pinto, which was also torpedoed, even as she was rescuing survivors.
The author was inspired to write the book by the discovery that his grandfather was involved in the drama, but he doesn't make the mistake of skewing the content to over-emphasise the family connection.Read more ›
There are a few technical inaccuracies but these in no way affect the flow or the thrust of the narrative. I found though, the constant and inappropriate use of "actually", finally" "simply", "in fact" and "managed", to be irritating; this is a fault which could have been easily remedied by a good editor. That said, John Peterson is commended for most ably extending our knowledge of a forgotten event and I strongly recommend his book for those interested in maritime operations in the Second World War.
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I chose this book due to my hobby, which is the modern pelagic whaling industry and nothing to do with the main theme of the book, which is the war in the Atlantic. Read morePublished on 22 May 2013 by Cliff Allen
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