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The Fighting Captain: Story of Frederic John Walker RN, CB, DSO and the Battle of the Atlantic Paperback – 18 Feb 1997

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; New edition edition (18 Feb. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850525551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850525557
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 622,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A far better narrative than the previous book on this subject albeit written in a very 1950’s style but that’s not surprising considering the writer was one of the ‘old school’. For those who just want to read a good ‘boys own story’, you can’t do better than this and once again life shows that fact can be more remarkable than fiction.
For those who have an interest in how the British found ways to defeat the U-boat this must surely be one of the best accounts on how a remarkable man devised his own methods despite pressure from above to conform to the rules. Walker was not a young man when war broke out but his ability and stamina are truly inspiring but this came at a cost.
The small Sloops and Corvettes in Walkers flotilla are not names that spring to mind during WWII but they should be. Many of his men were highly decorated as was Walker himself (DSO and 3 bars).
A great read, highly recommended.
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This is the story of the one and only "Walker RN" - an officer who had been passed-over for further promotion until war broke out in 1939. Only then did his sheer genius rise to the surface, only then, when Britain was faced with being starved into submission, were his ideas heard in the corridors of power, only then did the Royal Navy realise they should have promoted this man many years earlier.

The story of Frederic Walker is the story of a man who was charged with fighting U Boats in the north Atlantic. It is also the story of how he devised tactics to bring about immense success. In so doing, this man won no fewer than four DSO's - and no person in history was ever awarded five!

Sadly, those years of arduous and strenuous fighting in the most inhospitable of climates took their toll on this great leader of men and, having been finally promoted to Captain and awarded the CB he succumbed and died. He was later buried at sea.

Not only does this book bring to vivid life all the successes, failures, hardships and personal losses, it is exceedingly well written by one who served alongside the gallant Captain.

Well worth reading.

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As a serving seaman naval officer I found the descriptions of life at sea under wartime conditions fascinating. Memoirs such as this add essential flavour to the more scholarly works that cover the broad historical sweep of events concerning the Battle of the Atlantic. It's also notable that accounts such as this tend to be more frank and human than those written in the years immediately preceding the war, which tended to be more guarded in tone. An excellent read.
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This is a vivid, true life account of Captain Walker, the famous Royal Naval U Boat hunter during the Battle of the Atlantic. As it is written by one of his crew it is not a perfectly crafted book. However, for anyone who wants a taste of what the war in the Atlantic was like or to learn about a fascinating man I would strongly recommend it.
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