The Blockade Busters Ralph Barker

ISBN: 9780393056099

Published: April 1st 1977

Hardcover

224 pages


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The Blockade Busters  by  Ralph Barker

The Blockade Busters by Ralph Barker
April 1st 1977 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 224 pages | ISBN: 9780393056099 | 7.63 Mb

Recounts one of the greatest sea stories of World War II. It is the story of how George Binney, a 39 year-old civilian working in neutral Sweden when Norway was overrun by the Germans in 1940, set about running vital cargoes of Swedish ball-bearingsMoreRecounts one of the greatest sea stories of World War II.

It is the story of how George Binney, a 39 year-old civilian working in neutral Sweden when Norway was overrun by the Germans in 1940, set about running vital cargoes of Swedish ball-bearings and special steels to Britain through the blockaded Skagerrak, where German air strength was dominant and where the Royal Navy dare not trespass. Despite Admiralty gloom and in the face of political objections that were overcome by Binneys persistence, five ships carrying a years supply of valuable materials for the expanding British war industries were successfully sailed to Britain in January 1941.A following attempt was not as successful and ended when six ships were sunk or scuttled.

But then came the saga of the Little Ships, the motor gunboats flying the Red Duster that operated out of the Humber to and from the Swedish coast in the winter of 1943/44, defying the strengthened German defenses and the wrath of severe weather.



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