This documentary about capital ships that I assisted with airs on Thursday 22 July 2021 at 2200 on More4. Covers Bismarck, Hood and Prince of Wales
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Delighted to announce that my new military history book about the legendary US Navy fast carrier Task Force 58 will publish in September 2021.
It was the fast carrier strike force that neutralised the Japanese fortress of Truk, then hit Palau, before devastating Japanese carrier air at the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot off Saipan, as the Allies moved to close Luzon bottleneck and the war moved towards Japan itself and its crashing nuclear finale.
The new 10-part series World’s Greatest Shipwrecks begins on Monday 26 April at 2100 on More 4 (and will be on Nat Geo Channel, Discovery etc). The series launches with a 1-hr special on HMS Hampshire & HMS Vanguard.
The 1st season of the new series SHIPWRECKS: When History Resurfaces has started on Sky History with Scapa Flow: Graveyard of the German Fleet, featuring yours truly. Grab yourself a beer and sit back for an hour’s fine entertainment at the bottom fo Scapa Flow. You can get it on demand at Now TV
My publishers Whittles have launched a promotional 25% discount on diving books. If we can’t actually get diving at the moment, next best thing is reading about it!
The new podcast I’ve done with Mike Reinhart for his series Whiskey and a Map is now released. Turn on, tune in – and descend with me!
I’ve just published my latest dive tour video – the Japanese WWII transport ship Hanagawa Maru. She was sunk at Truk on 18 February 1944 by TBF torpedo bombers from the carrier USS Bunker Hill during the surprise 2-day 9-carrier raid by Task Force 58 codenamed Operation HAILSTONE
This should be fun on Thursday 19 November – a one hour chat with the legendary Strikey, a driving force in our tech diving industry for many years. 1030 in the UK.
Thanks to Ewan Rowell for the photo of the deck cargo Type 95 Ha Go tank on the foredeck of Japanese auxiliary San Francisco Maru, sunk by Task Force 58 aircraft at Truk in Feb 1944 during Operation Hailstone
It was a privilege to play a tiny part in the recent detailed survey of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak, torpedoed at the start of WWII with great loss in Scapa Flow by Gunter Prien in U-47.
Here is a link to a beautiful film about the survey released today – it is a fitting tribute to those that perished.
Lest we forget