The emphasis is on the North Sea and Channel, which saw the most famous battles, but Endless Story includes the Gallipoli campaign, warfare in the Mediterranean, ranges as far as the Pacific, where Australian destroyers were actively employed, and even pays tribute to the work of American destroyers in British waters after 1917. It also covers every kind of operation, from U-boat hunting and convoy escort, through mine laying to the Zeebrugge Raid.
ENDLESS STORY Destroyer Operations in the Great War
One of the great books on the First World War at sea. Although it was first published in 1931, Endless Story remains the only comprehensive account of the services of the Navy’s small craft destroyers, torpedo boats and patrol vessels during the First World War, and moreover the only one written by an officer personally involved. Even if Dorling did not take part in all the actions he describes, he knew the men who did, and gleaned much of his information from personal contact. It now enjoys the status of a classic.
Taffrail, H Taprell Dorling
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