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A Submarine at War : The Brief Life of HMS Trooper

David Renwick Grant

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This book encapsulates the life of a wartime submarine. It includes photographs and diary entries, log extracts and sailing orders and exciting personal accounts. Written by a relative of one of the crew, it gives a different flavour to that found in the several excellent books published by wartime submariners. It is also a salute to all World War Two submariners.

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This book encapsulates the life of a wartime submarine. It includes photographs and diary entries, log extracts and sailing orders and exciting personal accounts. Written by a relative of one of the crew, it gives a different flavour to that found in the several excellent books published by wartime submariners. It is also a salute to all World War Two submariners.

 

HMS Trooper's operational life lasted from commissioning on 29th August 1942 to her loss in mid-October 1943. Brief indeed. She almost never made it from Scotts shipyard into the Clyde. During an air-raid, German bombs blasted her off her blocks and damaged her stern, delaying her launch by months.

 

Once operational, her first mission was the highly clandestine 'Operation Principal,' the first British raid to use two-man torpedoes, or chariots as they were known. These were carried in external containers on submarines, to be launched close to harbours, where their crews placed the explosive warheads beneath enemy ships. The limited successes scored by the 'Principal' chariots were offset by the loss of P311, one of the three T-class boats involved, whose wreck was recently (2016) discovered off the island of Tavalora.

 

For Trooper, this meant patrols in the Eastern Mediterranean. These included on occasion landing parties of commandos, sinking a good number of enemy ships and the uncommon feat of torpedoing an enemy submarine, the Italian Pietro Micca. TROOPER was last seen on 14th October, after which she was never heard of again.

 

The author was two when his half-brother was killed, and had he not become curious to know more about him, Trooper's story would have remained untold.


ISBN: 9781904381334
Format: Paperback
Author(s): David Renwick Grant
First Publishment Date: 1 April 2006

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