- ISBN/SKU: 9781848321755
- Binding: Paperback
- Era: World War II
- Number of Pages: 352
- Subject: Biography & Memoir
- Date Available: August 2013
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"One of the most vivid and immediate war memoirs I have ever read." — John Keegan
"As a story of World War [II] at sea, seen through the eyes of one young man growing up, this is, and I do not think I am exaggerating, a masterpiece." — The Naval Review
From first joining the Royal Navy in 1940 until the end of the campaign against Japan, Ditcham was in the front line of the naval war. After brief service in the battlecruiser Renown off Norway and against the Italians, he went into destroyers and saw action in most European theatres, including off the American beaches during D-day. He ended the war in the British Pacific Fleet preparing for the invasion of Japan.
Tony Ditcham was educated in the Training Ship HMS Worcester before having a distinguished career in the Royal Navy in the WWII, during which he served in destroyers. He attended both Oxford and London Universities.