Memoir of Chris Craig, CO of HMS Alacrity in the Falklands war and later commanded RN forces during the first Gulf War of 1991.
Eminently readable and well paced, this covers the highs and lows of the RN in WWII. It has many deep historical insights including debunking the myth that it was solely the RAF that dettered the Germans from invading Britain in 1940.
One of the great untold stories of the British services is that of the Royal Navy Submarine Service which entered the fray in World War I with 100 underwater craft. Through World War II, where submariners’ prospects of returning safely from a mission were only 50:50, the Falklands conflict and the sinking of the Belgrano, to present-day elite machines, the Silent Service has played an enormous part in British defence. John Parker’s in-depth investigation is very much personality led with diaries from the early part of the century to substantial first-person testimony from survivors of wartime heroics (when many VCs were won).