BOOK REVIEW | In Action with Destroyers 1939-1945 – The Wartime Memoirs of Commander JAJ Dennis DSC RN


Edited by Anthony Cumming

The author was a very busy and very fortunate fellow. His was a war of almost non-stop action. Many of his contemporaries died around him but he survived. His only and very unsurprising complaint was that he was, from time-to-time, very tired.

At 22 he was the Royal Navy’s youngest destroyer first lieutenant and, at 26, one of its youngest destroyer captains. He sailed and fought in Asia, the Indian, Pacific, North Atlantic and South Atlantic oceans, the Red, Mediterranean and North seas and the Arctic. He travelled far and fast. 

He also saw a lot and recorded it very well. His book is a very easy and exciting read. He describes the intense stress of almost constant warfare quite brilliantly. A brilliant personal account of the Second World War at sea.

Available from Pen and Sword Maritime, Barnsley, UK.


Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.