Admiral Sir John Woodward entered the Royal Navy at age 13 in 1946; he became a submarine specialist. As Rear Admiral in 1981 he assumed the duties of Flag Officer First Flotilla. In 1982, flying his Flag in the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes, he commanded the South Atlantic Task Groups in the Falklands War, after which he was awarded the KCB. He retired from active service in 1989.He is married with two children.
`One of the most gripping, convincing and realistic accounts of a naval battle ever published.' John Keegan, Daily Telegraph `Perceptive, vivid, engaging.' Guardian `One of the clearest and frankest accounts ever written of modern naval warfare.' Field Marshal Lord Carver, Sunday Telegraph