Red Tobruk: Memoirs of a World War II Destroyer Commander Hardcover – 19 Nov 2008
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It vividly portrays the experiences of protecting the convoys and the incessant strain that everyone on board must have faced under constant attack from the air and sea. The horrors of working continuously under such conditions are described with a matter of factness that many today would find surprising but which was the norm among the innumerable heros of that time.
This book is a great read and I thoroughly recommend it.
A true and very well written story about the triumphs travails and tribulations of an escort destroyer commander and his crew doing their bit at the sharp end of the sharp end escorting convoys in the Mediterranean during The Second World War.
The Hunt class destroyer HMS Eridge was almost constantly exposed to air and submarine attack from the day it was built until it was finally torpedoed by a Motor Torpedo Boat while being bombed by stuka dive bombers and sunk off Tobruk in August 1942.
The Hunt Class were an extremely sucessful destroyer type being equipped with 6 very effective long range high muzzle velocity quick firing 4 inch high angle anti aircraft guns as a result these fine ships were always in demand and almost constantly at sea. For instance HMS Badsworth HMS Eridges sister ship was the most sucessful destroyer escort in The North Sea. Since the village of Badsworth is next door to me it follows that some of us remember the sacrifices our grandfathers generation made for us..
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I was told about this book by someone from the Navy,and what a delight it was because my wife,s father is mentioned in it she will treasure it and pass it down to our family.Published on 8 Aug. 2013 by salvatorevirciglio
Very interesting, well written and was easy to read and understand. I wanted to know more about the war at sea.Published on 2 Mar. 2013 by Lorna Symons
This is a phenomenal book written by a living legend. These sorts of accounts are a reminder to the immense and understated bravery of the people who made our lives possible as... Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2009 by Edward Low