By Gordon W. Stead

ISBN-10: 0774802995

ISBN-13: 9780774802994

The Mediterranean Sea in global struggle II used to be the scene of lengthy and violent naval war among the British and the Axis powers, Italy and Germany. The tales of the foremost squadrons and their admirals were instructed, as their activities led on to the results. this is the story of the smallest floor ships, their officials and males who, on the very tip of British sea strength in that disputed sea, performed very important roles in making attainable the successes of the extra recognized forces. it's advised through certainly one of them -- a Canadian on personal loan to the Royal army who took a number one half from the bottom ebb in British fortunes during the fight opposed to virtually overwhelming odds to the climax of the 1st landings at the continent of Europe.

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The Rock reflected down upon the town and harbour the sun's sub-tropic warmth to emphasize our change of climate. Even in the crisp white shorts of summer kit, we felt the heat at first. There was warmth also in our welcome to the 3rd, the more so as our slow passage had set off rumours that we had had some trouble. There were reunions for the crew and John's conviviality drew to 126 a stream of officers to check out the new CO. 30 A Leaf Upon the Sea My new colleagues were a mature but exuberant lot, earnest about their work at sea and given to sports and rousing parties when in port.

These affairs invariably ended with a vigorous rendition of the German national anthem, "Deutschland Uber Alles," accompanied by the ship's Royal Marine band, followed by thunderous "Sieg Heils" — the Nazi victory hail to Hitler — which we all thought hilarious. There was swimming under the precipitous cliffs of the Mediterranean side of the Rock, movies in the town, dinner in good restaurants, and army sunset ceremonies in the old colonial style. With periodic parties in ML wardrooms, where I soon became the song leader, there was no occasion to be bored or lonely.

Only after reaching port did I discover that the senior destroyer officer's navigator was an RNVR sub-lieutenant with the same King Alfred course that I had had. I had no need to feel an amateur. Three hundred miles off Portugal the flotilla altered course south-east to close the coast. The weather had improved as we came south, and by now all boats were running free. We made the land at night to find the lighthouses at full brilliance, the lights of habitation all along the coast and, round about us, the glow of fish-attracting flares from innumerable fishing vessels.

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