The Wartime Memoirs of Commander J A J Dennis DSC RN
WWII Royal Navy Naval
By Alec Dennis, Edited by Anthony J Cumming
These are the wartime memoirs of a Royal Navy Commander, J.A.J. Dennis, DSC, RN.
And to me it was an eye-opener! I would have never thought these ships covered so many miles during those years of war. I also didn’t realize that the Mediterranean was pretty much in the hands of the Royal Navy all through the conflict, even though the Axis forces occupied large parts all around it! Although many of the journeys were pretty hazardous because of enemy shipping and air attacks, the destroyers Dennis sailed on made regular trips all over the world and commuted almost between Egypt and the UK at times !
The author, Anthony Cumming, did a great job making an extremely readable and gripping book out of the notes of Commander Dennis. This is a ‘reading’ book, one that you don’t easily put down. It not only tells a story about one man’s adventures in WW2, it also provides the reader with an insight in life aboard one of the smaller but very important navy ships of the time, the destroyer.
What I also liked is the fact it provides some insight of the personal life of the commander, his leaves, worries and joys in life at what must have been an extremely stressful number of years. I can recommend the book to those new to the navy history, but also to those already familiar with the RN’s WW2 history. This book just ADDS another welcome view to it all.
In Action with Destroyers, 1939-1945
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Published: 2nd November 2017