Crisis Convoy;: The Story of HX231 - Peter GrettonLondon: Peter Davies, 1974, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is faded at the spine with the laminate lifting in places. Price Clipped. Edges of the textblock heavily spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Diagrams; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “In the course of six short weeks, early in 1943, the outlook for Britain at war changed from towering disaster to a prospect of clear-cut victory; the appalling losses of merchant shipping in the Atlantic were suddenly halted by the evolution of means of combating the U-boat. Then too the eventual Britain-based counterattack by invasion became possible.
It was with the passage of Convoy HX 231, consisting of sixty-one merchant ships, that the dramatic turn of events began. This book, for the first time since all the official British and German records became available, describes and analyses a vital Atlantic convoy battle, between six escort vessels (of which the author was Commander) and the German wolf pack of twenty U-boats, a battle in which the enemy’s successes were unexpectedly small.
Highly authoritative and very exciting, this account reveals how the convoy was formed and handled, how the technical devices were used, and how the surface escorts and, later in the passage, the outstandingly important Coastal Command aircraft were operated. There were indeed several losses, and much research, has been given to tracing the fate of the merchant seamen survivors; the author’s assessment of the Merchant Service’s bravery and endurance under ghastly conditions is a memorable one.
Anyone, layman or expert, interested in naval history will find that this book gives an impressive insight into an operation which was certainly as crucial as most of the war’s renowned engagements.”