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By Alastair Mars

Through the bleak, heartbreaking days of early 1942, whilst beleaguered Malta used to be reeling lower than bombardment and blockade and Rommel used to be making his final determined thrust in the direction of Egypt, just one British submarine was once working within the western Mediterranean - the tiny, 600-ton Unbroken.

In one year within the Med, Unbroken sank over 30,000 a whole bunch enemy delivery, took half in 4 mystery operations, 3 profitable gun activities, and survived a complete of over four hundred intensity fees, in addition to innumerable air and floor attacks.

This account of the 26-year-old Alastair Mars' command of this outstandingly profitable submarine embraces her building, sea trials and voyage to Gibraltar preparatory to her important function within the Mediterranean. as soon as there, she used to be liable for the destruction of 2 Italian cruisers and performed a pivotal half in Operation Pedestal, the convoy that stored Malta from give up. Alastair Mars writes easily and with out pretension, and his phrases evoke the claustrophobic but heroic international of the submariner.

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