Dennis McDonald volunteered for the RN during WWII. Having a choice, he opted for the Navy and chose telegraphy as his duty. He was selected for special service – intercepting messages from U-boats and locating them by radio direction-finding.
Service life was tough but Dennis saw the amusing side of it, reflected in the titles of the chapters or yarns in this book. Most of his service was in the Arctic on the Zodiac escorting convoys on western approaches and Murmansk, Russia.
His aim is not to deal with action well documented elsewhere, but with the problems of the individuals. He claims this is unique and you will always want to read the next chapter.
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All at Sea in Arctic Waters
by Dennis McDonald
This book is experiences of the author aboard a destroyer on the Murmansk Arctic convoys of WWII. In spite of it being related to war, the content of the book is really to show what life was like for the ordinary ratings and their tasks, not the fighting. Many of the happenings are strangely amusing, depending on how they are read.
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