The story of our submarines is full of great names and valiant deeds. This book is a record, based on Admiralty documents, of the stirring events that led to the award of the Victoria Cross to fourteen British submariners.
It begins with Holbrook who in B11, an obsolescent submarine, sank the first battleship to fall a victim of the new weapon in 1914. It ends with the exploit of Fraser and Magennis who, in the midget submarine XE3, severely damaged a Japanese cruiser in 1945. It tells of Boyle of E14's first patrol in the Sea of Mamara "worth an Army Corps" to the troops fighting on Gallipoli, Naismith who entered the Golden Horn in E11, Sandford and C3 at Zeebrugge; E14 again, lost with Sexton White in the Dardanelles in 1918.
In World War Two the toughest submarine campaign in history was fought in the Mediterranean. Amongst those who particularly distinguished themselves were Wanklyn in Upholder, Miers in Torbay and Linton in Turbulent. Roberts and Gould, who removed a live bomb from Thrasher's casing.
Three years later, up in the Artic Circle, Cameron and Place put Tripitz, the greatest and most modern battleship afloat, out of action with their midgets X6 and X7 in a magnificent feat of arms carried out over 1000 miles from base.
The stories are simply told, but the author, himself once a submariner, felt that the facts need no embellishment, as the tales of the bravest of an elite force will bring pride to all who read them.
ISBN No 1904381243
by William Jameson