|About the Book|
George Southern was born in Leeds, England in 1921 and trained as a carpenter. He became a member of the Home Guard before being drafted into the Royal Navy in early 1942. He narrates his experiences of initial training at the naval establishment,MoreGeorge Southern was born in Leeds, England in 1921 and trained as a carpenter. He became a member of the Home Guard before being drafted into the Royal Navy in early 1942. He narrates his experiences of initial training at the naval establishment, HMS Collingwood before being posted to HMS Zetland, a newly built Hunt Class Destroyer on which he served from 1942 to 1944. His story covers the sea trials of HMS Zetland before describing the crews often harrowing life at sea running the gauntlet of axis submarines and planes on Atlantic and Mediterranean convoys, including Operation Torch - the Allied landings in North Africa in 1942, and the historic, never-to-be-forgotten Malta Convoy. He was on board HMS Zetland during the Luftwaffes deadly attack on the crowded, Italian port of Bari on the night of 3 December 1943, and was decorated for his rescue and salvage work during that night. His book, Poisonous Inferno - Airlife 2002 - is the only account of the tragic air raid on the port of Bari by an eyewitness. In this new ebook, George describes the events of that night and the many casualties caused by mustard gas in that crowded harbour. In 1944 he was hospitalized as a consequence of the Bari raid. After recovering, he went on to serve with Naval Police and in other shore bases in Naples and in Sicily before being demobbed in 1946.This is his personal story of the people and events which shaped his life and the lives of the crew of the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Zetland.Ninety-one year old George Southern is still active. He is an honorary citizen of Valletta, Malta, and Honorary Life President of the Scarborough Branch of the Royal British Legion.