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Spitfires of the sea: the secret exploits of the Royal Navy’s 15th Motor Gun Boat Flotilla

9 October 2021

9:00 AM

9 October 2021

9:00 AM

A Dangerous Enterprise: Secret War at Sea Tim Spicer

Barbreck, pp.312, 18.99

Fast boats and fast women have been the ruin of many a poor boy. But they can also prove a triumphant mix, as the wartime exploits of the Royal Navy’s 15th Motor Gun Boat Flotilla, described in Tim Spicer’s highly enjoyable book, show. An under-cover unit run during the second world war by the Secret Intelligence Service, it used sleek 110ft motor launches to ferry agents and supplies between England and France.

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