A MIDSHIPMAN'S WAR. A YOUNG MAN IN THE MEDITERRANEAN NAVAL WAR 1941-1943.

Wade, Frank.


£35.00




Cordillera Pub. Co., Vancouver, B.C., 1st.ed., 1994. 256 pp., 38 photos., 12 maps & 8 fac. &c. D.j., 23 x 16cm. Spine of d.j. discoloured o/w FINE. Coloured bookplate of the late Lt.Cmdr. Charles Poland Addis, MBE, RN., 1925-2012, a former C.O. of HMS VICTORY ; his copy. The author began his sea career aboard the Mersey training ship HMS CONWAY before joining his first sea-going vessel as a midshipman, the battleship QUEEN ELIZABETH, flagship of the Royal Navy in the Eastern Mediterranean in 1941. He describes his duties as a cipher officer, his impressions on seeing HMS BARHAM blow up with heavy loss of life ; the attack on his own ship and HMS VALIANT, both partially sunk in Alexandria harbour ; his appointment to the destroyer HMS JERVIS ; the cruiser ORION ; and the HQ landing ship BULOLO. He describes the battle of Crete, the Syrian campaign, the siege of Tobruk, Malta convoys, and the disastrous Tobruk raid ; Force K from Malta and the Sicilian landings. Little more than school-leaving age, the author saw a great deal of action and witnessed the enormous naval losses on both sides as the struggle went on to gain command of the all-important Mediterranean Sea. There is interesting anecdotal material, including an interview with the U-boat commander who sank BARHAM and was then living in Canada.


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