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Deep Their Grave: The Diary of a Merchant Ship and Her Crew During the Battle of the Atlantic 1942 Paperback – 1 Apr 1998

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  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: POD Publishing; 2 edition (1 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953173712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953173716
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,813,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It is difficult to differentiate between fact and fiction in this entertaining and gripping book" -- The Bristol Times, UK

Despite the gruesome subject there is at times a great tenderness in the writing of this novel. -- Maureen Cooper - ex 3rd Officer WRNS

THIS IS THE STORY OF WAR - in particular - war at sea. By using the two main contrasting characters in the book the author manages to weave a powerful web with a lasting message. The sadness and futility of war are clearly brought home through the eyes of the master of the Patriarch and her humble saloon-boy as their emotions alternate between fear and hope. There is a surprising twist in the ending of this moving narrative. -- Captain Carl.F.Swanson - formally master of the research vessel which found the Titanic

The Cruel Sea of the Merchant Navy. -- John Harper-Nelson, West Australia


The Battle of Britain pilots in WW2 are, rightly, revered and eulogised for their courage and heroic defence of their nation. But it is one thing to do battle with the enemy on equal terms, with a well equipped fighting machine, quite another to face that same enemy on a hostile ocean with little or no means to defend against an enemy attack. The unsung heroes of the Fourth Service, the Merchant Navy, have, in comparison, received scant recognition for their 'Battle of Britain' -- the contribution they made to keeping Britain's ocean life-lines open. This is a story about one such vessel, a peace-time passenger ship converted to a troop carrier, and her crew on a single fateful voyage. The m.v. Patriarch sailed from Bristol in 1942, at a time when the enemy was sinking, on average, an Allied ship every four hours and the prospect of the crew returning safely to their homes and families was, statistically, not good. Seamanship of the highest standard would not, alone, be sufficient to guarantee their safety, for this was a time when Britain's 'darkest hour' loomed ominously close.

Tony Gyles writes with authority and the benefits of first hand knowledge of the times and the conditions that prevailed aboard ship.

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