De kapitein-luitenant ter zee Rayner beschrijft een verbitterd gevecht tussen een britse torpedobootjager en een Duitse onderzeeboot op een afgelegen plek op de Atlantische Oceaan.
Het is een meedogenloos gevecht waarbij de lezer beurtelings wordt meegevoerd naar de brug van de jager en naar de centrale in de duikboot. De uitslag is verrassend…
Een uitgave van Omage Boek / Nieuwe Wieken Amsterdam – ISBN 90 6057 233 5 – 115 paginas
Oorspronkelijke titel: The Enemy Below
Vertaling: Ton van Beers
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Denys Arthur Rayner DSC & Bar, VRD, RNVR (9 February 1908 – 4 January 1967) fought throughout the second Battle of the Atlantic. After intensive war service at sea, Rayner became a writer, a farmer, and a successful designer and builder of small sailing craft – his first being the Westcoaster; his most successful being the glass fibre gunter or Bermudian rigged twin keel Westerly 22 from which evolved similar “small ships” able to cross oceans while respecting the expectations, in terms of comfort, safety and cost, of a burgeoning family market keen to get to sea.
Denys Rayner was born in Muswell Hill in a Georgian house, on the outskirts of London, to Francis (née Parker) and Arthur Rayner, a master electrical engineer, who became a commodity broker moving with his family to West Kirby on the Wirral Peninsula and sending his son to Repton School between 1921 and 1924. Flat feet kept Denys from entering the Royal Navy but not from pursuing a successful naval career. In October 1925, he joined HMS Eaglet, Mersey Division of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) as a part-time midshipman with time to pursue his interest in exploring the rocky coast of the Western Highlands in a small boat of his own design.
As an eight-year-old prep school boy, at the height of the First Battle of the Atlantic, Rayner was disappointed to be beaten for drawing an “infernal” U-boat sinking device in a school geometry book. “Diagrammatically portrayed, this spoiled the page – I can see that now” wrote the adult Rayner in the preface of his book ‘Escort: The Battle of the Atlantic’ (1955). At school Rayner, impressed that an uncle by marriage was an officer on “a real destroyer”, sketched a “continuous border of destroyers” in the margins of his school books. In later school years came “an endless stream of model destroyers…which really floated and were fitted with systems of propulsion…”(‘Escort’ p. 19).