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JONES, Geoffrey P. Battleship Barham. London: William Kimber, (1979). FirstUK Printing. Pp. (6),-272. Illustrated in black and white. 8vo, navy bl ue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. "From her vital part in the Fifth Battle Squadron, at the Battle of Jutland, as guardship of the German Fleet at Scapa, to the Sinn Fein troubles in Ireland, to France, West Africa and the West Indies, with the Mediterranean Fleet, and to Palestine and the Spanish Civil War, Barham was always to the fore. With the Second World War less than three months old, Barham on her way back to Britain was torpedoed byU-30. At the time it was said 'that a screened ship should be torpedoed is an insult to Destroyer Command'. Back in commission heading the abortive ' Operation Menace' off Dakar with General de Gaulle and his Free French forces, Barham was again in action bombarding forts ashore and Vichy French ships. Putting in at Gibraltar, Barham became the target of Italian frogmen but she safely departed to reinforce the Mediterranean Fleet again, escortingconvoys, participating in the Battle of Matapan and the Battle for Crete w here she was bombed and had to limp to Durban for repairs Fully refitted she returned to the fray and with her sister ships was seeing out the enemy when U-331 skilfully penetrated the destroyer screen and torpedoed her. Barham blew up with very heavy loss of life -- the only British battleship eversunk at sea by a U-boat." - from the dust jacket. Contents: Part One: The War to End All Wars, 1914-1918: 1. 'A Nipping and Eager Air'; 2. Year of Jutland; 3. Becalmed. Part Two: Peace: the Years Between, 1919-September 1939: 4. Scuttled; 5. Piping Days of Peace; 6. Roaring Twenties; 7. Change of Appearance and Role; 8. Last Peacetime Commission. Part Three: Hostilities Again, September 1939-November 1941: 9. Home, to Disasters; 10. Fiasco off Dakar; 11. Mediterranean Attacks; 12. Between Crete and Cyrenaica; 13. Bord of Enquiry. With appendices listing the admirals and captains who served aboard HMS Barham. Very good in lightly spine nicked, unclipped dust jacket. 75.00
Title: Battleship Barham. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: William Kimber, London, 1979, ISBN:0718304160:
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