The story of HMS Venomous

I would rate this as being up in the same class as ‘The Cruel Sea’ for a picture of small ship life in World War 2.
Cdr Alastair Wilson RN (Ret) writing in the Naval Review

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remembering the loss of  HMS Hecla  ... and the 75th anniversary of the Escape to England of the Seaman's Hope in May 1940
TS Venomous
- the Sea Cadet Corps Unit in Loughborough - destroyed by fire

HMS Venomous in Atlantic camoflague

This site contains information and photographs of HMS Venomous received from veterans and their families
  The cover of the hardback edition of  A Hard Fought Ship (May 2017) can be seen below

The names of all the men who served in HMS Venomous can be seen on this website
Get in touch if you have a story to tell

Book cover for 3rd Edn of "A Hard Fought Ship" (2017)
HMS Venomous was a destroyer of the V & W Class, the most advanced in the world when built and arguably the most successful ever. Sixty-seven were built at the end of the Great War. By the end of World War II all had been sunk or scrapped but thousands of men had served on them.

The most detailed study yet of the contribution made by a typical “old warrior” of this class to winning the war with end notes and citations plus a list of all its officers from 1919-46 . It begins with a comparative survey of the world’s destroyers in 1919 and ends with a list of all the V & Ws giving date of construction and ultimate fate.

The story of HMS Venomous is told by its officers and crew and illustrated with 250 of their unique photographs plus paintings, drawings and maps. Take a look inside the book and buy the book  with secure online payment

The authors

Their accounts are linked together and set in context by Robert J Moore, the former CO of TS Venomous, and Capt. John Rodgaard USN (Naval History “author of the year”, 2000).

Book details

A Hard Fought Ship: the story of HMS Venomous; by R.J. Moore and J.A. Rodgaard. Holywell House Publishing, 9 May 2017.

Take a look at the Contents Page and List of Illustrations
480 pages, five new chapters and 258 photographs.
ISBN 978-0-9559382-4-5 Hardback,  35

An e-book edition will be published in Spring 2023
The book launch was held at the Royal College of Defence Studies
The pictures tell the story!

HMS Cavalier and the Destroyer Memorial
commemorates the 143 Royal Naval destroyers sunk during the Second World War and the 11,000 men who lost their lives

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