Carrier Glorious: The Life and Death of an Aircraft Carrier :: John Winton

Carrier Glorious: The Life and Death of an Aircraft Carrier :: John Winton soon to be presented for sale on the fabulous BookLovers of Bath web site!

London: Leo Cooper in association with Secker & Warburg, 1986, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps [3]; Appendices (3);

From the cover: It was a sharp-eyed Midshipman, on watch in the foretop of the German battle-cruiser Scharnhorst, who first sighted the wisp of smoke far away to the south-east. It was just after 4 pm on Saturday 8 June, 1940: Scharnhorst and her sister ship Gneisenau were in the Arctic sea, steaming north to intercept Allied convoys evacuating British, Polish and French troops after the disastrous campaign in Norway.

The German ships turned towards this unexpected sighting and soon made out the unmistakable flat-top of an aircraft carrier. It was HMS Glorious, escorted by two destroyers HMS Acasta and HMS Ardent, steering for Scapa Flow. In a brisk gun action lasting just over an hour, all three British ships were sunk.

Several hundred men swam to rafts and floats, but in the Arctic cold, and without food or water, many died of their wounds…

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Text complete, clean and tight.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 253 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I persuade you to have a look at more books within my Military Naval catalogue?


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