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Killing Ground Paperback – August 1, 1991
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"A stirring tale of the Atlantic war ... one can almost smell the sea and the burning oil as Jitler's U-boats wreak havoc" * Sunday Express * "Vivid naval action at its most authentic" * Sunday Times * "Mr Reeman writes with great knowledge about the sea and those who sail on it" * The Times * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Douglas Reeman has written more than 30 novels under his own name, including The Glory Boys, The Iron Pirate, Killing Ground, and Sunset, as well as the Richard Bolitho Novels series under the pseudonym Alexander Kent. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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We are shown stop gap measures - RAF Hurricanes on adapted merchant ships for one way flights against air attackers. If the pilot was lucky he was picked up but if he was in the sea any length of time after he parachuted out or ditched his plane he became another statistic. We have the unending picture of the rescue of survivors from sinking merchant ships. It doesn't matter where the ship is, there are always the casualties.
Reeman's charecters all ring true, from the seaman anxious to become and officer and loosing his life in the process, to the bearded reserve first lieutenant who knows the merchant ships intimately from his prewar experiences. There is the hard headed sub-lieutenant anxious to better himself regardless of the cost to others. There are the sailors in the crew, who are the harshest judges of the leadership the have. The captain is the man who holds the ship together; regardless of the cost to him.
The book ends with the start of the final push onto mainland Europe at Normandy. You leave with the knowledge that Normandy wasn't the end of the war, merely the beginning of the end in Europe.
This is an excellent study in leadership by Mr. Reeman. I recommend it to all with an interest in Naval matters and the Second World War in the Atlantic.