No Occupation for a Gentleman by Roy Broom

No Occupation for a Gentleman

The story of a boy who became a man serving in H.M. Submarines Thrasher and Trenchant during World War Two.

Kindle Edition

Roy Broom (Author)

This gripping personal account of life as a young World War Two submariner on two famous Royal Navy submarines, ‘Thrasher’ and ‘Trenchant’ gives vivid detail of depth charging, gun actions and other operations including sinking the Japanese cruiser ‘Ashigara’, the largest enemy warship sunk by a British submarine during the war, the U-boat ‘U-859’ with its secret cargo, towing a midget submarine to attack the German battleship ‘Tirpitz’ in the Norwegian Fjords and taking a group of SBS soldiers to carry out a daring raid in Sumatra.

Leading Stoker Roy Broome’s riveting recollections clearly demonstrate the bravery and camaraderie of WW2 submariners and other Allied forces at a crucial time in our history.

Perisher: 100 Years of the Submarine Command Course

Perisher

100 Years of the Submarine Command Course

by David Parry (Author)

The book discusses the unique and demanding nature of the Royal Navy’s Submarine Command Course, commonly known as ‘Perisher,’ which trains and qualifies officers for submarine command.

This course is the epitome of mission command, requiring officers to operate without external support in a constantly threatening environment. It is crucial that those who attain command positions in this challenging field are proven to be capable and worthy.

Sea Devils Operation Struggle

The Sea Devils

Operation Struggle and the Last Great Raid of World War Two

by Mark Felton (Author)

July 1945. Eighteen young British, Australian and New Zealand special forces from a top-secret underwater warfare unit prepare to undertake three audacious missions against the Japanese.

Using XE-craft midget submarines, the raiders will creep deep behind Japanese lines to sink two huge warships off Singapore and sever two vitally important undersea communications cables. Success will hasten ultimate victory over Japan; but if any of the men are captured they can expect a gruesome execution.

Can the Sea Devils overcome Japanese defences, mechanical failures, oxygen poisoning and submarine disasters to fulfil their missions? Mark Felton tells the true story of a band of young men living on raw courage, nerves and adrenalin as they attempt to pull off what could be the last great raid of World War Two.

Fort Blockhouse by Keith Hall

Fort Blockhouse Kindle Edition

Until recently Fort Blockhouse or HMS DOLPHIN provide a spiritual and physical home for the Royal Navy’s Submarine Service.

This short article details the Forts long history

 

Cold War Command

Cold War Command

The Dramatic Story of a Nuclear Submariner

Dan Conley takes the reader through his early career in diesel submarines, prior to his transition to the complex and very demanding three-dimensional world of operating nuclear submarines.

In command of the hunter killer submarines Courageous and Valiant in the 1980s, he achieved exceptional success against Soviet submarines at the height of the Cold War. 

This gripping read takes you onboard a nuclear submarine and into the depths of the ocean, and relays the excitement and apprehensions experienced by British submariners confronted by a massive Soviet Navy.

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Hunter Killers

The Dramatic Untold Story of the Royal Navy’s Most Secret Service

by Iain Ballantyne (Author)

HUNTER KILLER: a submarine designed to pursue and attack enemy submarines and surface ships using torpedoes.

HUNTER KILLERS will follow the careers of four daring British submarine captains who risked their lives to keep the rest of us safe, their exploits consigned to the shadows until now. Their experiences encompass the span of the Cold War, from voyages in WW2-era submarines under Arctic ice to nuclear-powered espionage missions in Soviet-dominated seas.

There are dangerous encounters with Russian spy ships in UK waters and finally, as the communist facade begins to crack, they hold the line against the Kremlin’s oceanic might, playing a leading role in bringing down the Berlin Wall. It is the first time they have spoken out about their covert lives in the submarine service.

This is the dramatic untold story of Britain’s most-secret service.

Being silent they Speak Book Cover

Being Silent They Speak

The Story of a WWII Submarine Unbeaten

by David J. B. Smith (Author)

David J.B. Smith is a military author and naval researcher with a specific interest in the Royal Navy of World War Two.

Joining the Senior Service as a RADAR operator at the age of 17 years, David went on to enjoy a full and varied 23-year Royal Navy career.

Bubbleheads, SEALs and Wizards

​Bubbleheads, SEALs and Wizards

America’s Scottish Bastion in the Cold War

By David Mackay (Author)

Shines a bright light on the significant role the Scottish bases played in supporting the United States military for more than three decades

Provides a detailed examination of all the American bases in Scotland, covering their operations and personnel

Interviews with over 150 American and British Cold War military personnel