A Royal Navy destroyer is a formidable fighting unit — fast, well-armed and deadly. So when Pete Brandon was posted to join one in Rangoon, he was delighted. But what happened? Instead of joining the destroyer, he found himself on a little H.D.M.L. — a Harbour Defence Motor Launch! Well, he didn’t know it then, […]
During World War I, Lieutenant Trevor Waite was an infantry officer posted to the colony of British East Africa. Somehow he found himself serving as part of a boat squadron. Although no sailor, he was compelled to do his duty and prove his worth to the obnoxious C.O. who was convinced that Trevor was a […]
Lieutenant-Commander Jim Treggaron, pilot in the Fleet Air Arm, had the blood of the old Cornish pirates in his veins – or so his men said. Otherwise, he’d never have tried to organise his Swordfish squadron to operate from a little beach in Greece. They were supposed to fly from their aircraft carrier. However, Jim […]
Young Naval lieutenant Dan Blain teamed up with Kang Wu and his cut-throat pirates of the Java Seas to wage all-out war on the warships of Japan. When this pair of modern buccaneers got going, not a single Japanese sailor ashore or afloat could sleep soundly.
Dick Avery was a captain in the Merchant Navy. He’d sailed with some of the best – and worst – ships and crews on the seven seas. He reckoned he’d seen it all. That was before he took command of Old Rusty, an ancient tub with a crew made up of drunks, brawlers and raw […]
Commander Ben Carter, RN, was on a secret mission for the Admiralty. He and his Motor Torpedo Boat crew were to rescue a secret agent – codenamed “Grey Falcon” – from the clutches of the Nazis on the French coast. When they were ambushed, Ben started to wonder if he had a traitor in his […]
The submarine Arrowhead had taken a pounding. Leaking and helpless, the vessel couldn’t even submerge into the safety of the depths. Many a crew would have abandoned ship, but not Bob Mitchell and his men. They ran her into an enemy harbour to carry on the fight from there. The sub was dead in the […]
A stretch of treacherous water to cross, and no boat to do it in… All they had was a few plywood drop tanks jettisoned from aircraft, lengths of bamboo, bits of wood…and their courage. Yes, they needed courage most of all, for entering that stretch of water risked a horrifying death. In the search for […]
Five wounded men walk out of an Army hospital and set off to reach their own units under their own steam. Happens all the time? Not likely, mate – especially when these men were deep inside enemy territory – even on the wrong side of the Mediterranean! So how could they hope to succeed?
In Autumn, 1943, the Royal Navy battled to seize control of the Aegean Islands from the Germans. The crew of the “Kestrel”, a sturdy Fairmile B Motor Launch were under constant attack from marauding Luftwaffe aircraft. After a mission went disastrously wrong, the boat fell into enemy hands – but not an enemy they had […]