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No Place To Linger Saga of a Wartime Atlantic Kiwi by John Holm, Published by Holmwork Publishers, 1985, 1st edition, Hardcover, Pgs220, b&w photos, diagrams, maps, glossary, index.

Condition: Dust jacket, boards and book are in near new condition. No markings or inscriptions within, clean and tidy throughout.

In the years between 1939 and 1945 the Atlantic Ocean was a perilous place, where German U-boat packs lurked, ever alert for chances to attack the merchant ships which continued to carry vital supplies to a Britain beleaguered by war. For protection, these vessels sailed in convoy, guarded by the brave escorts of the Royal Navy. Among the men serving in these escorts was a New Zealander, Lieutenant John F. Holm R.N.R., later Lieutenant-Commander Holm, D.S.C. He was only twenty-eight years old in 1940 when he left behind his fiancee of two weeks and sailed for England to join the Royal Navy. After serving in the destroyer H.M.S. Impulsive, John Holm became First Lieutenant of the newly built flower class corvette Lavender, based in the unsalubrious port of Freetown, convoy capital of the South Atlantic. His experiences as a convoy escort's No. 1 were many and varied. In January 1942 he began what he calls 'one of the love stories of my life', when he became Commanding Officer of the corvette Crocus, the ship that later played the part of H.M.S. Compass Rose in the film of Nicholas Monsarrat's famous novel, The Cruel Sea. As her real-life captain, John Holm saw a great deal of action before he and Crocus parted in July 1943. Especially memorable were the harrowing rescue of survivors from the sinking of the Empress of Canada and Crocuses involvement in the sad saga of Convoy SL 125, when sixteen ships and nearly 1,000 lives were lost. But the highlight was undoubtedly the night in October 1942 when Crocus and German U-boat 333 battled for survival in the dark waters off Freetown. John Holm and his ship damaged their enemy so badly that U 333 was thought to have been destroyed.
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