Destroyers, Greyhounds of the Fleet - Memoirs of a Naval Gunner in the Second World War - PRE ORDER

Destroyers, Greyhounds of the Fleet - Memoirs of a Naval Gunner in the Second World War - PRE ORDER

A Hard Fought Ship - The Story of HMS Venomous

John Rodgaard

Here is the exhaustive and exhilarating story of HMS Venomous, one of 67 V&W destroyers built at the end of the Great War that were to play a key role in the struggle to keep the sea lanes open in the Atlantic, Home Waters and the Mediterranean during the following war.
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Here is the exhaustive and exhilarating story of HMS Venomous, one of 67 V&W destroyers built at the end of the Great War that were to play a key role in the struggle to keep the sea lanes open in the Atlantic, Home Waters and the Mediterranean during the following war. Her story was perhaps the most memorable of her class. When war broke out she was to find herself in the front line as the German blitzkrieg swept across Europe in 1940. The V&Ws made high speed dashes across the Channel to bring troops and civilians back from Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk, and prepared for the expected invasion. Later that year she and her sister-ships escorted the Atlantic convoys which supplied our Russian allies with the weapons to halt the German advance. She returned to the Mediterranean and took part in Operation Pedestal to save Malta, and as the allies prepared for the landings in North Africa she was ordered to escort the destroyer depot ship, HMS Hecla_ to the invasion beaches. When Hecla was torpedoed off the coast off Morocco , Venomous fought the attacking U-boat and rescued 500 survivors. She escorted convoys along the coast of North Africa including the first-through convoy from Gibraltar to Alexandria. and she joined the invasion force to Sicily during Operation Husky. In October 1943 she returned to Britain for a major refit at Falmouth when she was converted to an air target ship for training Barracuda torpedo bombers based at Douglas, Isle of Man, and then, after being transferred to the east coast, she was nearly lost in a hurricane before being sent to Kristiansand to accept the surrender of German naval forces. This book is a detailed and thrilling account of the life of a typical V&W class destroyer.’

ISBN: 9781036112349
Format: Paperback
Author(s): John Rodgaard
First Publishment Date: 15 May 2024
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