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on 14 October 2012
You might be thinking that at £1.31, it doesn't really matter whether this book is good or not - it's cheaper than a bottle of water at a train station. In truth, that was my thought when clicking the 'order now' button. I scanned the reviews, but didn't pay them much heed.

Thankfully this cracking little book turned out to be well worth the £1.31. Indeed, I'm not sure what surprised me the most; the price, how good it is, or the fact the print edition is older than I am.

Presumably a new addition to the Kindle library, there are a couple of typos, and not many pictures. Mindful of when it was written, there's no swearing either (something which I found difficult to accept, having worked with a former submariner!). Nonetheless it is a very good read, charting the patrol and shore-leave highlights of HMS Tally-Ho and her crew during the final stages of the war in the Far East.

To me, a good litmus of a book's quality is how late one stays up reading - in my case twenty five to two before I suddenly realised how tired I had become.

On that basis, thoroughly recommended little read for enthusiasts of the subject. It's well written, and easily accessible, making it ideal for dipping in and out of during the commute.
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on 9 November 2012
This is a stirring tale of the united determination of the Captain and ship's {or boat's) company to prosecute their warfare in an often overlooked theatre. The technical aspects of operating a submarine are presented in a readable and enlightening way and point to the endless adaptability and competence of all involved and the understated courage of every man onboard during the repeated patrols in hostile waters. The less formal atmosphere than would be expected in a surface vessel is amply portrayed and yet the exceptional espirit de corps generated within the team that cannot afford any passengers generates its own overwhelmingly powerful discipline. The resulting and famed "can-do"spirit is amply demonstrated by the flexibility they demonstrate in using their limited resources, particularly living space, to support the clandestine operations of the Army.
This book is a fine, well-written tribute to an outstanding "Boat" and a Captain and crew that served in her.
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on 18 November 2012
Carefully written, giving a clear account of technical matters and a good study of the uncomfortable lives of submarine crews. With a basic kindle some (rather good) diagrams are difficult to read. It explores the long periods of crew tedium and how the hazards of action which seem almost to come as a relief from the boredom.

This is a good book for anyone with an interest in submarines in the 2nd World War - and at less than £2 is good value.

For a very interesting and detailed account of (German) Uboats read 'The U-Boat Century' by Jak Mallmann Showell
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on 3 May 2013
Whilst not a 5 star book (see the other reviewers' comments on details of the submarine and more specific action reports), it IS a very good book and is exceptionally readbale. It does have some wonderful detail of attack angles in it and does give some technical details of the T-Class in general but a bit more detail would have been nice.

All-in-all a good account of a T-Class fighting in the forgotten theatre. For a more complete picture, read this and 'HMS Thule Intercepts'.

Still very good and very worthwile buying and reading.
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on 23 September 2016
This well researched account of HMS Tally-Ho is both an interesting account of her wartime activities and an insight into her crew's experiences. Recommend for anyone interested in WWII submarines.
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on 7 December 2017
I also have hard copy my father is mentioned in this book
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on 13 March 2018
As an ex submariner I can relate to these boats. They were just 'going out' as I went in. (When I joined boats)
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on 21 February 2015
Not much has been written about British submarines in the Far East in WW 2. This is well written, easy to follow but still explains how the boat and its crew did what they did. It also catches life on a submarine when not actually hunting the enemy. The modern connection is the area around where Tally-Ho operated is a modern potential battleground in any naval war involving China.
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on 11 July 2013
An excellent account of a wartime vessel and its remarkable .crew. It is difficult or even impossible to understand the conditions the crew of this vessel endured whilst doing the job for which they had trained and done it without any expectation of reward s or decorations. I take my hat off to Bennington and his crew.
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on 11 December 2012
Telling it how it was for our submariners sailing in the Pacific the conditions inside the boats were barely livable with extreme temperatures and high humidity to do this and take on a determined and well armed enemy was very hard and dangerous work. A revealing book about our own Navy campaigning in a forgotten sphere of operations .
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