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By Tony Ditcham

From first becoming a member of the Royal military in 1940 until eventually the top of the crusade opposed to Japan, Tony Ditcham used to be within the entrance line of the naval battle. After short provider within the battlecruiser Renown off Norway and opposed to the Italians, he went into destroyers and observed motion in such a lot eu theatres – opposed to S-boats and plane in 'bomb alley' off Britain's East Coast, on Arctic convoys to Russia, and at last in a flotilla screening the house Fleet. through the dramatic conflict of the North Cape in December 1943 he used to be most likely the 1st guy to truly see the Scharnhorst and from his place within the gun director of HMS Scorpion loved a grandstand view of the sinking of the nice German battleship (his account used to be so brilliant that it shaped the foundation of the outline within the legit history). Later his send operated off the yank shores in the course of D-Day, the place of her sister ships have been sunk with heavy dying, and he ended the conflict en path for the British Pacific Fleet and the invasion of Japan.

This incident-packed occupation is mentioned with restraint, lots of humour and vibrant descriptive energy – his account of broaching and virtually capsizing in an Arctic wintry weather typhoon is pretty much as good as something within the literature of the ocean. the end result makes enchanting examining, and because the surviving veterans swiftly decline in numbers, this can become one of many final nice eyewitness narratives of the naval war.

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