The White Guns
Douglas Reeman’s naval adventures have been eagerly devoured by his numerous international followers for decades. His writings have not simply supplied readers with gunfire and derring-do; they have also brought to the surface the overwhelming stress the ordinary sailor and his officers faced in the Royal Navy of World War II. The White Guns, originally published in 1989, takes the R.N. from the hazards of war to the uncertainties of peace. Lieutenant Vere Marriott, commander of Motor Gunboat 801, has survived the war only to find himself stationed in Kiel and charged with assisting in cleaning up the delitri of war while simultaneously adjusting to both a tyrannical (at first glance) commanding officer and his relationship with a young German woman. Black marketeering, the difficulties of becoming acclimated to a strange new world, and sexual confusion replace nighttime torpedo runs and ship-to-ship combat in this radically different naval novel.