A Reluctant Hero: The Life of Captain Robert Ryder VC

A Reluctant Hero: The Life of Captain Robert Ryder VC

by Richard Hopton


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ISBN-13: 9781848843707
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 02/29/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Richard Hopton was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. He is a trained barrister. He is a published author, Battle of Maida, (Pen and Sword 2002). He regularly reviews for such periodicals as The Economist and Literary Review. He has a regular column in Country and Town House. He lives in Devon.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Prologue viii

Chapter 1 Family and Childhood: India and England 1

Chapter 2 Into the Navy (1926-31) 5

Chapter 3 Hong Kong and the China Station (1931-33) 12

Chapter 4 The Voyage of the Tai-Mo-Shan (1933-34): Japan, the North Pacific and die United States 26

Chapter 5 The Voyage of die Tai-Mo-Shan (1933-34): Central America, the West Indies and Home 39

Chapter 6 The Voyage of die Penola and die British Graham Land Expedition (1934-37): The First Year 54

Chapter 7 The Voyage of the Penola and the British Graham Land Expedition (1934-37): The Second and the Third Year 71

Chapter 8 The Coming of War (1937-39) 87

Chapter 9 HMS Willamette Valley (1939-40) 99

Chapter 10 HMS Fleetwood, HMS Prince Philippe and Marriage (1940-42) 112

Chapter 11 The Raid on St Nazaire, Operation Chariot: Hatching the Plot (February and March 1942) 125

Chapter 12 Operation Chariot: the Raid on St Nazaire (26-8 March 1942) 141

Chapter 13 Combined Operations, Dieppe and D-Day (1942-44) 164

Chapter 14 The Arctic Convoys, Peace and Politics (1944-50) 181

Chapter 15 The House of Commons (1950-55) 195

Epilogue 204

Notes 211

Index 222

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