Memories of Captain Tyminski the ORP Slazak (Hunt) CO
I am sort of ashamed that I have found this book so late. There are some excuses for not tracking what was on booksellers shelves being deep sucked in my job duties.
The memories of Captain Romuald Nalecz-Tyminski under the title "Zagle Staw-Bandere Spusc" (Set up sails - Haul down the Colors!) was printed by the Polish NAVY Museum in 1999 and this is 358 big pages of his personal memories from WW2 backed up by other events in which Polish Navy participated, accounts of and from Polish ships lost in action as seen by survivors and witnesses etc.
Certainly a huge mountain of history written by the officer who was for almost three years the CO of ORP Slazak and in good atmosphere of gentelmanly, politeness and apparently existing to his last days strong feeling of cameraderie of his brothers-in-arms: the Polish and British eqally.
It adds well to atmosphere clearly seen in other memories of the officers and COs of the Polish Navy ships who fought under Operational Command and in great part Ops Control of the HMN and were fully integrated it them not only as a wheel of the military/naval machinery but also in term of friendship with the HM personnel, trust and mutual confidence.
It must be said thou I actually haven't seen this put down loud and clear that Polish navy traditions - relatively short - and most importantly combat traditions comes from WW2 and only from common fight together with the HMN. This is bare and plain true and the veterans memories say this straight or should be discovered by a reader who can discover this fact.
What I like is that Captain Tyminski presents many tens of names, Polish and British officers he fought together with (let me concentrate on HM personnell for the Brits dominate this forum) from Admirals like Sir P.L. Vian, officers like LtCdrs Maud, Hill plus many others and to POs and Seamen like PO R. O'Shea HMN on temporary assignment who sniffing a coming operation volunteered to stay on the ORP Slazak deck for the Dieppe operation and was killed by bombing/straffing while loading magazine to an Oerlikon.
For the Canadians there is 26 pages of account of ORP Slazak action and general assessment of the Jubilee operation to include some controversy over the ORP Slazak and HMS Brocklesby role as rised by some. The ship saved lifes of 85-90 survivors 36 being members of the RRC, the unit that was almost wiped out (only 88 survivors out of 550). Cpt Tyminski became an honourable member of the RRC veterans organisation and took part in their commerative "pilgrimages" to Dieppe.
Little is known that 1940 two French ships Medoc and Pomerol (they operated under three flags and officially were not ORP or HMS or "French") armed merchant patrol vessels had Polish captains (one of them Tyminski), and the British HM navy personnel. They ships and unexperienced young crews (except the a/m captains and some ten officers and POs, British and Polish) were sent to the Channel in rush to watch if the German invasion was coming.
CPT Tyminski after war served on merchant vessels, had 8 years long contract with the Pakistanian NAVY as a destroyer CO and DesFlotilla commander, was captain of couple of Bahamas ports and finally immigrated to Canada (he said his application papers were very much supported by the Canadians who he had saved off Deppe), died in Toronto but like many other navy/seamen requested his ashes to be buried at Oksywie (Gdynia, Poland) seamen cementary where so many of his friends had found their eternal rest.
And last but sad information is that this book which supposed to be of interest of the Polish and the Britons as well is apparently written only in this strange language called Polish.