Lieutenant Bernard Bunbury (Naval Reserve) is given command of the careworn inshore ship “Audacieux” and required to get it seaworthy in a short time. Bunbury's mission is to stop “Furchterregend”.
“Furchterregend”is a converted merchant ship. Her task was to destroy or disrupt the logistics of the enemy on the open sea by attacking its merchant shipping. It is a story of action and humanity. More
Lieutenant Bernard Bunbury (Naval Reserve) had retired three years earlier after a lifetime at sea both in the Navy and as a Master Mariner in cargo ships. Recalled to service he was given command of the careworn inshore ship “Audacieux” and required to get it seaworthy in a short time.
Bunburys new crew did not fill him with confidence. While their dress and bearing were smart enough, their demeanour showed they were a hard bitten lot. They work hard to ensure the ship is ready for sea and hone their skills during many exercises and evaluations.Consequently a unified pride in the group develops and an atmosphere of purposeful comradeship emerges.
“Furchterregend” was a relatively small converted merchant ship of 4000 tons crewed by 270 officers and men. Her task was to destroy or disrupt the logistics of the enemy on the open sea by attacking its merchant shipping. The Captain, Korvettenkapitän Alberrich Schiffer was a graduate of The German Imperial Naval Academy (Marineakademie) at Kiel, Germany. Also on-board are a diverse group of sailors each with their own past and hopes for the future.
Schiffer's orders are to conduct raids on the east coast of Bunbury's homeland and curtail the supply of materiel which that country produced.He was also to seek a suitable invasion area. His plans are thwarted by “Audacieux” discovering “Furchterregend” and engaging in a sea battle with a surprising ending.
The story portrays the pointlessness of war, while focussing on the companionship of men in combat conditions.