EAGLE’S WAR:The War Diary of an aircraft carrier 1939-1942.
UK Edition 1995
Czech Edition 2009
UK & Maltese Editions 2009
One of the Royal Navy’s first true aircraft-carriers, HMS Eagle was built on the
hull of a Chilean battleship. She pioneered naval aviation in the 1920’s and 1930’s
and spent many years in the Far East. Old, outclassed and small, when war broke
out she still performed invaluable service in the front line. The only aircraft
carrier in the Mediterranean Fleet of Admiral Andrew Cunningham, she survived innumerable
bombing attacks by the Italian air force and her own aircraft fought at the battles
of Calabria and Taranto and a host of lesser actions.
Later she became involved in ferrying fighter aircraft, Hurricanes and Spitfires,
to Malta from the west and took part in many such operations which helped that
island’s defences. Finally, she was part of the great Pedestal convoy of August
1942, and met her gallant end at the hands of a U-boat. Packed with original photographs
and eyewitness sorties, this account of the work on one carrier in a global war
is a fitting tribute to the original FAA.
Paul Freshney writing in Test Bench described Eagle’s War as “...a fascinating
book for those who have an interest in WW2 naval history and is well and competently