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on 2 July 2017
A fascinating account. There is a degree of hero worship, inevitable when someone is writing about the exploits of his own father, but that soon falls aside as you get into the meat of the book which are really Robert Hichens' memoirs almost formed into the book that he was planning in 1943.

A recommended read for anyone interested in small boat operations around the UK or the RNVR effort around coastal waters in the war.
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Brilliant story of men in plywood boats out to stop the he Germanss from attacking the convoys of ships using the East moving matterials
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on 3 March 2017
very good book well written
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on 18 July 2017
Outstanding history of coastal forces
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on 14 December 2007
At long last someone has picked up this great hero of world war two and given a delightful biography of this famous MGB leader; and who better than his own son.The story is told with little sentimentality and puts Hitchens clearly in focus in his chosen area of operations. Particularly well written is Hitchens' time at University.
I read the autobiography many years ago and I could not understand why this war hero was not better known to the general public. Seemingly every other book about gunboats points to Hitchens as the greatest.
A great read, well done to the author, you must be very proud.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 December 2007
Mention any of history's greatest conflicts and certain names spring readily to mind either because they were great commanders or great heroes. Generally speaking, Robert Hichens is not one of those names - though it should be!

The Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) is the RN equivalent of the Territorial Army and provides a platform for those who are not fully employed by HM Forces to undertake their military training and weekends and other convenient times. During WW2, of course, these reservists were called up for full time duty. Robert Hichens was just one such person.

Commencing his wartime career in minesweepers, he earned his first DSC by twice going ashore at Dunkirk to help organise the evacuation. In October 1940 he transferred to Coastal Forces and was given command of a fast motor gunboat. Such were his skills of seamanship and leadership that he was quickly given command of a flotilla of these craft and was soon operating against the larger and more heavily armed German equivalent. In April 1943, however, Robert Hichens was killed in Action. By this time he had earned two DSOs, another two DSCs and was also Mentioned in Despatches. He had also been recommended for the Victoria Cross.

Despite there being another two years of warfare to endure, Robert Hichens remains the most decorated member of the RNVR from WW2 and this is his story. It is a story about the man from his roots to his final action. It is a complete story recounted by his son Antony. It is a story which should be read by all those with an interest in the wide-ranging subject of World War Two - if only to bring the name of this highly decorated officer more readily to mind.

NM
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on 8 January 2014
I bought this book for my father in law who is boat mad! He loved it, great illustrations and information.
It was delivered very quick and in excellent condition, certainly recommend as a good read.
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on 29 March 2010
Having read the orginal book written by "Hitch" just before his death..this book brings you closer to a man who was not "myth" but a man of high moral ethics and character!

His son has written more then a memorial about his father but has created a world unknow to so many. "Hitch" was the soul of MTB actions during WW2
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on 6 February 2017
Very good it took me a long time to read this book,so sadthese guys had a very frustrating War with the Equipment, and they look like they have been forgotten by today's Navy.
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on 11 December 2016
Gripping reading and a moving insight into the little appreciated exploits of our home based forces who surely rank alongside " The Few".
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