In Action With Destroyers 1939-1945, The Wartime Memoirs of Commander J A J Dennis DSC RN

This edited autobiography provides dramatic insight into the war at sea and the life in destroyers. The author produced a superbly written and exciting account of his service in destroyers during WWII, including command of Valorous and Tetcott. – Much Recommended

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NAME: In Action With Destroyers 1939-1945, The Wartime Memoirs of 
Commander J A J Dennis DSC RN
FILE: R2862
AUTHOR: Commander Dennis, edited by Anthony Cumming
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES: 208
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: World War 2, World War Two, World War II, Second World War, marine 
warfare, Royal Navy, RN, North Sea, Atlantic, Mediterranean, convoy escort, fleet 
actions, Battle of North Cape, Madagascar, D-Day

ISBN: 1-52671-849-9

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DESCRIPTION: This edited autobiography provides dramatic insight into the war at 
sea and the life in destroyers. The author produced a superbly written and 
exciting account of his service in destroyers during WWII, including command 
of Valorous and Tetcott. –   Much Recommended

The author served in the Royal Navy from 1931 to 1957 before emigrating to Canada 
and becoming a teacher. He served in the battleships Rodney and Resolution, before 
transferring to destroyers. This led to an action packed wartime career with three 
Mentions in Despatches and a Distinguished Service Cross.

Destroyers saw a very wide range of action in all naval theatres of war. There were 
never enough of them and they saw some of the fiercest actions. The author served in 
four destroyers, HMS Griffin and Savage, and commanded HMS Valorous and Tetcott. 

Destroyers filled the roles performed by frigates in the days of sail and were moved 
around the oceans with some speed. This meant that the author served in all of the hot 
spots except the Pacific. He was part of the ships engaged off Norway's North Cape in 
the sinking of the Scharnhorst and South to the little known operation against 
Madagascar. In the Mediterranean he was engaged in Malta Convoys and again in the 
North Atlantic escorting convoys. He was also engaged in the D-Day liberation 
landings.

This is an exciting story that is told well. Destroyers were extremely versatile and this 
is conveyed very well in the book and supported by a very interesting photo-plate 
section.