Updated: June 7th 2008
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The book is about naval disasters in World War Two and depicts the Bismarck, Scharnhorst, U Boats, HMS Hood, Athenia, HMS Kite and others.
This is the first time HMS Kite has appeared in print in her own right. She was once one of "Walker's Own" and was detached on Russian convoy duty with 7th Escort Group when she was sunk by the U344 on Aug 21st 1944.
The book costs £10 direct from the publishers. Captain Johnnie Walker's grandson, Captain Patrick Walker RN (Retd) has written the forward to the book.
ISBN is: 1-873203-99-3
http://www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk/index1.html Click on Military Books Then Royal Navy
Hi, Mike Kemble here...
As a visitor to my website you will be aware that it contains a large amount of information that I have gathered over a number of years. I hope you found at least some of it useful.
You may be interested to know that the a large amount of the WW2 information on my site has now been published in printed book form under the title On a Sailor’s Grave (No Roses Grow).
I am very grateful to Woodfield Publishing Ltd for making my research available in this form. After all, a printed book is so much more durable than digital information. (Have you ever wondered where all today’s Internet information will be in 100 years time or even as little as 10 years?)
Like me, the people at Woodfield believe that ‘information shared is not lost’. They are a small, family-run company who specialise in publishing books like mine that contain useful historical information and they need your support so that they can continue to publish more projects of this sort.
Although it is possible to place an order at any bookshop, by far the best way to purchase a copy of any Woodfield book is to order it direct from the publishers and have it delivered direct to your door. (Postage to the UK is FREE and overseas rates are very reasonable.)
To find out more about my
book or to purchase it online, please follow this link:
http://www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk/index1.html - Mil Books, then Royal Navy
To take a look at the Woodfield Publishing website, which contains lots of other interesting books, go to www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk
All the best, Mike
Jan 06: I got am email from Ray Holden who spotted a glaring error in the book, my own fault. On Page 151, line 7, I named Lt Comdr Seagrave as the "temp" commander of HMS Kite. He was in fact the regular commander. It was Lt Comdr Campbell who was commanding Kite when she was sunk, as Seagrave was in hospital. My apologies to anyone related to Seagrave.
Dec 30th 2005: I appeared in local Sutton Coldfield Observer, page 23:
Unfortunately there are more than a fair share of misquotes and downright wrong information but the book stands there for you to buy, please!! The quote" 40,000 men went to sea, only 10,000 came back" is of course, ludicrous. The numbers were far far higher, on both counts. What I actually said was that three quarters of the U boat crews that sailed, never came back. 30,000 merchant sailors died.