"Escort: The Battle of the Atlantic" (used book)
Escort: The Battle of the Atlantic
by Commander D. A. Rayner D.S.C and BAR, V.R.D., R.N.V.R.
About the Book
Used Book. Hardcover. Dust jacket included. Good condition. Some scuffing and creasing to dust jacket.
-- From the dust jacket
The remarkable qualities of this personal story by an officer who fought with great distinction in the Battle of the Atlantic cannon be better described than in the following extract from the Foreword by the official historian of the war at sea:
“I know of no other officer, let alone one of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who served continuously for more than five years in command of escort vessels; not of any other who graduated from a trawler at the very beginning, to a corvette, then to a small destroyer, to several larger destroyers or groups of destroyers, and finally to command of a group of the new and greatly improved war-built escort vessels. This astonishing continuity of experience and, I may say so, of endurance, gives to Commander Rayner an authority to speak on his subject which can hardly be questioned.
“Where I believe the book may have lasting value is that, at least to my mind, it rings absolutely true in its picture of the men who manned the little hips. Their endurance under conditions of appalling discomfort, their unflagging persistence in carrying out the tasks allotted to them, their ribald humour and unfailing good nature, and above all their great-hearted humanity, are all recorded here. Of course they grumbled. British sailors always have done so. But they rarely complained, and never whined. Perhaps it as these qualities, of which Commander Rayner’s narrative will vividly remind all who took part in the Atlantic struggle, which contributed most to bringing the nation through to victory.
“It has been a privilege to be asked to edit this contribution to the story of the Royal Navy from 1939 to 1949.”