By: Fullerton, Alexander.

Price: $70.00 USD

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Book Condition: Very Good+

297 pp + postscript, 8vo (8 3/4" H). Map endpapers. "Horribly cramped, it lurched sickeningly while being towed and tended to be dripping wet inside. The X-craft midget submarine was hardly the obvious choice of vessel to pitch against the mighty battleship 'Tirpitz' in her Norwegian lair. Like pitching a tadpole against a whale; but in this case, the whale had a soft underbelly and the tadpole a pair of two-ton explosive stings like blisters on its sides. If the sub could survive its nightmarish 1,000-mile haul across the North Sea, Paul Everard would have his chance to gatecrash the fjords - past minefields, patrol craft, shore defences and steel nets - and cripple the ship which Churchill had called 'the Beast'. Even if he succeeded, the chances of escaping alive were slim. If he failed, Nick Everard, commanding Arctic convoy PQ19, was in for a pounding. None of his ships could hope to match the firepower of the 'Tirpitz' or pierce her fifteen-inch armour. As 'The Gatecrashers' draws to its thunderous climax, father and son, their lives balancing on a knife-edge, face their final, most searching test. 'The Gatecrashers' is based on the true story of Operation Source: six X-craft crossed the North Sea in September 1943 to attack the 'Tirpitz, Scharnhorst' and 'Lutzow' in Altenfjord, where they were kept out of bomber range behind formidable defences. Although (this book) stands on its own as a novel, it is also the ninth and last in the Everard series of naval adventures, which started with Nick as a somewhat bloody-minded midshipman at Jutland in 1916. Although fictional, the setting of each story is historically and technically accurate. Captain J.E. Moore, Editor of 'Jane's Fighting Ships', had written: 'I have not found this splendid authenticity in any naval fiction since C.S. Forester's heyday'." Faint cigarette odour. Dust jacket has light browning on spine, slight browning at edges, minor edge wrinkling, very small dint on front hinge.


Author Name: Fullerton, Alexander.

Illustrator: Michael Turner, dust jacket art.

Categories: Military - Fiction,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, Michael Joseph: 1984

ISBN Number: 0718123786

ISBN Number 13: 9780718123789

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good+

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 22818

Keywords: X-craft midget submarines, Tirpitz, Battleships, World War II, Second World War, Royal Navy, RN, Naval battles, North Sea, Norway, Arctic convoy, PQ19, Operation Source, Scharnhorst, Lutzow, Altenfjord, Nick Everard, Paul Everard, 1943, military Fiction, Naval Fiction, Adventure.,