Service Most Silent

The Navy’s Fight Against Enemy Mines

John Frayn Turner

 
Date Published :
September 2008
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 pages of photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781844157266
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$45.00

Overview
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From the very outset of war Nazi Germany demonstrated its determination and ability to lay siege to the British Isles by the laying of mines in shipping lanes. Losses to both merchant ships and naval vessels became a serious factor. If supplies continued to be lost by a combination of U-boat and mine attacks the very survival of the nation was at risk. Finding counter-measures to the German mine offensive was thus a top priority. The responsibility for this vital work rested with a small group of highly skilled and courageous naval specialists based at H.M.S. Vernon, the RN’s mine and torpedo shore-base at Portsmouth. Ranged against them was a growing and ingenious array of weapons: magnetic, acoustic, oyster, booby-trap mines to name but four varieties. Some were laid by boat, others dropped from the air.

The story of H.M.S. Vernon’s contribution led by men such as Commander J.G.D. Ouvry D.S.O. and Captain R.L. Lewis D.S.O. and many other courageous figures has been written by John Frayn Turner, the distinguished historian who served with them. He adopts a fast moving style to describe the near continuous struggle to detect, understand and master the best efforts of the German war machine. He brings home the constant deadly danger faced by these highly skilled and dedicated men.

About The Author
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John Frayn Turner is a distinguished historian and author. Pen and Sword have published numerous of his books, including VCs of the Second World War, Service Most Silent and Periscope Patrol. He lives at Leatherhead, Surrey.

REVIEWS
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“"Even more than a half a century after the Second World War, John Turner's book still holds a remarkable story about remarkable men."

- The Northern Mariner

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