Miles, Peter.


Buckland Pub. Ltd., 1st ed., 1988. Unpaginated. Numerous cold. sketches. D.j., 30 x 22cm. Tiny repair to a very slightly faded d.j., o/w FINE. The title of this book was suggested by a comment made in his report by his captain when the author was a midshipman. Over the years he developed his powers of observation and his talent for drawing and painting in watercolour. Looking back to a period of some 40 years prior to publication, he paints ships and submarines with weapons which have now passed into naval history. He binds his pictures up into a narrative, partly autobiographical, describing the Royal Navy of the 1940s. Here are beautiful and evocative paintings of the Northern Patrol, wartime convoys, the sinking of the SS PARANA, the cruiser NEWCASTLE firing her first shots in anger, Norway 1940, Battle of Spartivento, attack on ARK ROYAL, the destroyer VERSATILE, E-boat attack 1941, the submarine CLYDE in the Med., her bombarding Port Blair in 1944, various submarine missions and operations, etc.

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