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Diving Stations: The Story of Captain George Hunt and the Ultor Hardcover – Illustrated, 21 Oct 2010
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About the Author
Peter Dornan is a freelance writer on military and medical matters. For his work as a Sports physiotherapist with many international teams (the Wallabies and Australian Cricket Team) he was awarded the Commemorative 2000 Australian Sports Medal. In 2002 he was appointed as a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM).
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The author also gives a good lateral view of what is happening in WW2 around the operations of the Ultor which makes the story more fascinating.
George Hunt was a great leader of men - he must have been to be as successful as he was. To find out how successful you must read the book.
You will not be disappointed if you purchase this book.
That said, it is important to have this biography of one of the Royal Navy's two most successful submarine commanders (if you work on numbers of ships sunk, David Wanklyn VC, DSO** comes out on top; George, however, sank the greater tonnage, so the honours are even). Through some gripping reconstructions, not least of the ramming match with the Italian destroyer Saggitario, the author brings home the difficulties and dangers of life on a Royal Navy submarine, especially in the fraught years of the Mediterranean conflict when it seemed that every man's hand was against the flotillas and many boats were lost with all hands. He also puts the conflict into its wider context. Much attention has been paid to the exploits of the German U-boat commanders, so 'Diving Stations' goes some way towards redressing balance. Indeed, it is worth reading this book alongside that autobiographical classic of the submarine war 'Unbroken' by Alastair Mars.
Two gripes: too much reliance on sentences with 'George' as the subject. And - which is not the author's fault - NO INDEX...
There is no doubt that the life and career of its subject is a story well worth telling but this wretched tome fails miserably in that. It is notable that the author is described as a "Writer" rather than a "Historian."
It isn't helped by being so short, 180 pages of large print. Lack of an index seems like a tacit admission that nobody is going to want to look any particular thing up in it.
There are far better books about submarine warfare available, covering both sides, and anybody would be far better spending their money and time on acquiring and reading those.
But don't let that touch of criticism put you off the book. It is still a great read and a great tribute to George Hunt's amazing career as a submarine commander in wartime.
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Brilliant book brings home what those men did for our freedom . Would recommend this book to anyone who believes in our historyPublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Excellent book. would like more true stories like this , but the postage is FAR too expemsive from U.K
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