WATERY GRAVE The Life and Death of the Cruiser HMS Manchester


A different book from the majority of those written about the war at sea, it delves into the story of this particular sinking which resulted in the Court Martial of her captain. The cruiser HMS Manchester was sunk off the coast of Tunisia in August 1942 whilst participating in Operation Pedestal. An insight into the way the wartime Royal Navy dealt with the combat loss of an important vessel is given. The detailed depiction of the Court Martial process is a particular strength, along with the focus upon the relationship between a warship’s captain and his senior officers, very much at the centre of this tale.

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