How to Confound Germans

A Royal Navy MTB brings men of ‘C’ Company, 2nd Parachute Battalion, into Portsmouth harbour on the morning after the Bruneval raid, 28 February 1942. (photo courtesy of Imperial War Museum)

Writing in his delightful, fascinating, and very amusing memoirs of his service in World War Two, Night Action: MTB Flotilla At War, (four stars), Captain Peter Dickens, tells us how he fooled the Germans. In 1942, at the age of twenty-five, he was named as the Senior Officer of the 21st Motor Torpedo-Boat Flotilla.

…felt woefully unfitted for the task despite the grand-sounding title; with no experience, no guidance because there was none to be had, few tactical ideas except an intellectually unsatisfying hope that if I did not know what I was doing the enemy could not possibly guess and would consequently be confounded…

[Source: Night Action: MTB Flotilla at War by Peter Dickens. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.]

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website:

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