The author follows the life and career of a controversial Royal Navy submariner who achieved flag rank, was awarded the highest British military honour, and who has been accused, after his death, of a war crime.
NAME: Gamp VC
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
AUTHOR: Brian Izzard
BINDING: Soft back
PRICE: GB £9.99
GENRE: Non fiction
SUBJECT: submarines, RN, T-Class, Mediterranean, submarine commander
DESCRIPTION: The author follows the life and career of a controversial Royal Navy submariner who achieved flag rank, was awarded the highest British military honour, and who has been accused, after his death, of a war crime. Rear Admiral Sir Anthony Miers VC was nicknamed Gamp. Miers’ father was killed in the First Battle of the Aisne in September 1914 when Gamp seven years old. Gamp joined the Royal Navt and served on M2, the first and only RN submersible aircraft carrier. From M2, he went to H28 as first lieutenant. Transferred to the fishery protection vessel HMS Dart, Gamp was cour-martialled when his hot temper resulted in him striking a stoker. Convicted and severely reprimanded, his was dismissed his ship and spent one month on half pay. This did not hold him back and he was soon assigned to a new R Class submarine on the China station as first lieutenant. His first command was the submarine L54, but he was to make his name in command of the T Class HMS Torbay in the Mediterranean Theatre during WWII. His hot temper continued to produce incidents, but he was a determined and courageous submarine commander who achieved great results in battle. This book as a warts and all account of a controversial officer who rose to flag rank. This is an absorbing book that maintains integrity and looks squarely of the charge of a historian that Miers was guilty of a war crime.