One of Our Submarines Author:Edward Young "One of our Submarines" is in the very highest rank of books about the last war. Submarines are thrilling beasts and Edward Young tells of four years' adventures in them with excitement on every page. He writes beautifully, economically and with humor, and in the actions he commands he manages to put the reader at the voice-pipe and the periscop... more »e so that sometimes the tension is so great that one has to put the book down!!
This is a wonderfully written factual account of life in British submarines during the Second World War. The book is written by an ex-sub. commander, with portions taken from his boats logs. This book touches everywhere from witty and humorous to really quite tragic. A must for anybody who has an interest in naval operations. A must for all those who have read all about the U-Boats and the US Submarine Service.
Edward Young was the wartime commander of HMS Storm - a British S Type Submarine. Speaking as one who has visited one of that vessel's many sister ships (HMS Stubborn - deliberately sunk off Malta in 1946 as an Asdic target). This book vividly brings to life the work and experiences of those who took part in WW2 in such craft and it is the very combination of that war, that type of submarine and the daily events of routine, danger, deprivation and even fun, which is something at which we who enjoy the freedom for which they fought can only marvel.
This is a well written book which tells a story. Though centered on the wartime life of the author, it is not a book which is just about him and his ship. It is about the people and the events which he encountered along the way. Theirs is a story which forms part, perhaps only a small part, of the huge jigsaw which was World War Two. Nevertheless, their contribution still remains a vital part of the overall war effort made all the more interesting by the way in which it is told.
At over 300 pages of well written dialogue with the addition of just the right amount of photographic plates and maps, this book reads better than any novel.« less