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
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
IMAGE: B2862.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y7tavtfu LINKS: 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.