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The Real X-Men: The Heroic Story Of The Underwater War 1942-1945 [Hardback-2015]
Robert Lyman
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Category:HistoryMilitaryWorld War Ii-Ww2
Publisher: Quercus Uk | ISBN: 9781784299934 | Pages: 336

The thrilling and true story of the development and operational deployment of human torpedoes - Chariots - and X-craft midget submarines in British naval service during WWII, and of the extraordinary men who crewed these dangerous vessels. The commando frogmen who rode the Chariots and operated as divers from the X-craft were the forerunners of today s Special Boat Service, the SBS. Their aim was to attach an explosive charge underneath an enemy ship to destroy the vessel. Their hope was to return to their submarine unscathed. The Real X-Men tells the story of the sacrifice and heroism of the individual men, many of them little more than teenagers, who volunteered for this dangerous duty and who crewed both the Chariots and the X-craft without knowing the full extent of the risks entailed, nor indeed the very small chances they had of coming back alive.

About the Author

Born in New Zealand in 1963 Dr Robert Lyman was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He spent twenty years as an officer in the British Army. He has degrees from the universities of York, Wales (Aberystwyth), Cranfield, London (King s College) and East Anglia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has been passionate about history ever since he can remember. He writes (and reads) for pleasure. He has been a trustee for many years of the Kohima Educational Trust, which provides educational support to young learners in Nagaland. He lectures as far afield as York and Taipei, and is a regular contributor to TV documentaries and current affairs programmes. He is represented by Charlie Viney.

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