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Wren in a duffle coat!,
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This review is from: Hands to Action Stations - Memoirs of a very young Naval Officer (1939 - 1945) (Kindle Edition)
As the author of The Captain`s Story a book about the Royal Navy`s youngest ever Captain`s fight to help win back the Falkland Islands, and conquer his own personal demons, I am a huge fan of Royal Navy books. I would like to say how much I enjoyed `Hands to Action Stations.` The Author`s descriptions about everyday working conditions on board the ships he served on, are extremely vivid indeed. This is a man who obviously enjoyed his wartime service immensely.
Special highlights for me included his description of the sinking of The Bismarck. Also the time he spent serving in the Murmansk Convoys, in treacherous conditions during the harsh winters of the war. Especially moving was his account of leaving two thousand German sailors from the sunken Scharnhorst, to perish in an Arctic storm.
On a lighter note he talks about being promoted to `bomb disposal officer,` even though he received no training whatsoever in this department! And oh yes, I loved the bit about the `Wren in a duffle coat!`
All in all a very enjoyable, entertaining and honest read. Well done.