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    Antony Hichens(Author)

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This biography draws heavily on the personal diaries of the subject, Robert Hichens (or 'Hitch' as he was universally known). After a brief description of his early life, time at Oxford, his motor racing achievements (including trophies at Le Mans in his Aston Martin) and RN training, the book focuses on his exceptional wartime experiences.Hitch was the most highly decorated RNVR officer of the war with two DSOs, three DSCs and three Mentions in Despatches.He was recommended for a posthumous VC.We read of his early days in vulnerable minesweepers and the Dunkirk 'Dynamo' operation, (his first DSC). In late 1940 he joined Coastal Forces serving in the very fast MGBs, soon earning his own command and shortly after command of his Flotilla.He was the first to capture an E-Boat.His successful leadership led to many more successes and his reputation as a fearless and dynamic leader remains a legend today. The book contains detailed and graphic accounts of running battles against the more heavily armed E-boats.Tragically he was killed in action in April 1943, having refused promotion and a job ashore.

Anthony Hichens is the younger son of Robert Hichens.He is now retired after acareer in industry.He lives in Dorset and London.He has drawn heavily on his Father's diaries, records and accounts of those who served with Hitch in motor gunboats.

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  • PDF | 368 pages
  • Antony Hichens(Author)
  • Pen & Sword Maritime; Reprint edition (30 Nov. 2014)
  • English
  • 2
  • Biography

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  • By Guest on 2 July 2017

    A fascinating account. There is a degree of hero worship, inevitable when someone is writing about the exploits of his own father, but that soon falls aside as you get into the meat of the book which are really Robert Hichens' memoirs almost formed into the book that he was planning in 1943.A recommended read for anyone interested in small boat operations around the UK or the RNVR effort around coastal waters in the war.

  • By Japans buildind a fleet planesrfor warS on 18 February 2017

    Brilliant story of men in plywood boats out to stop the he Germanss from attacking the convoys of ships using the East moving matterials

  • By neville on 3 March 2017

    very good book well written

  • By Kindle Customer on 14 December 2007

    At long last someone has picked up this great hero of world war two and given a delightful biography of this famous MGB leader; and who better than his own son.The story is told with little sentimentality and puts Hitchens clearly in focus in his chosen area of operations. Particularly well written is Hitchens' time at University.I read the autobiography many years ago and I could not understand why this war hero was not better known to the general public. Seemingly every other book about gunboats points to Hitchens as the greatest.A great read, well done to the author, you must be very proud.

  • By patricia on 8 January 2014

    I bought this book for my father in law who is boat mad! He loved it, great illustrations and information.It was delivered very quick and in excellent condition, certainly recommend as a good read.

  • By K.Schneider on 29 March 2010

    Having read the orginal book written by "Hitch" just before his death..this book brings you closer to a man who was not "myth" but a man of high moral ethics and character!His son has written more then a memorial about his father but has created a world unknow to so many. "Hitch" was the soul of MTB actions during WW2


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