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Dark Seas: The Battle For Cape Matapan (Paperback)

Dark Seas - Battle of Cape Matapan



Postage and Packing Free - The only publication to have a first-hand account of the Battle of Cape Matapan by HRH Prince Philip. Contains the wartime British and Italian documents that were once subject to restrictions under the Official Secrets Act. Includes original hand-drawn maps and diagrams.


Detailed Description

publication date: April 2012

ISBN 978-1-84102-304-5 

Hardback 230 x 150mm

160 pages 

• The only publication with first-hand account of the battle by HRH Prince Philip 
• One of a new series of previously restricted and classified documents 
• Material selected and introduced by expert military historians 
• Published in collaboration with Britannia Royal Naval College 

Written shortly after World War II, the summary of the Battle of Cape Matapan draws on first-hand accounts of action on both sides. Unearthed from archives, the vivid and compelling detail is reproduced and newly published as Dark Seas. During the battle, the enemy was hunted, trailed, avoided and engaged. Accurate intelligence combined with the inaccurate and misleading in the ‘fog of war’. This is a unique insight into one of the last fleet engagements in naval history. 

The foreword is written by an officer who served in the action, HRH Prince Phillip. The introduction, by Dr. Jane Harrold, guides the reader through intriguing facts and figures, putting the summary in context and embellishing the historical information, including a useful bibliography. Dr. Harrold is the Britannia Royal Naval College archivist and Deputy Curator of the Britannia Museum. 

About the series 

Never previously published in this format, documents once stamped ‘secret’ have been sourced from Britannia Royal Naval College’s Library. These include reports and plans drawn up by serving Royal Navy Officers during and immediately after World War II. Britannia Naval Histories of World War II also contain Germany’s recorded view of action against the British, with Hitler’s comments, as they were typed and filed at the time: the Fuehrer Conferences. Specially commissioned artwork appears on each front cover. 


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