ADMIRAL Sir MAX KENNEDY HORTON

REPUTATIONS

Allan George explores the career of master submariner and C-in-C Western Approaches, Admiral Max Horton, the man who won the most important battle of the Second World War.

’SOMETHING OF A PIRATE’

Admiral Sir Max Horton, KCB, DSO, C-in-C, Western Approaches, stood in his office at Derby House, Liverpool.

It was a campaign that spanned an entire ocean, but it was crucial for survival and the enabler for victory. Admiral Sir Max Horton carried the enormous responsibility of winning this one battle where the price of failure was ultimate. However, his defeat of the U-boat assault on the supply lines was the greatest achievement of a ground-breaking career.

Such responsibility demanded extraordinary gifts: competence, depth of character, inner strength, ruthlessness, far-sighted judgement, and courage. Horton possessed these in abundance. Undeniably efficient, hardworking, devoid of pomposity, intelligent, patriotic, and a master of his profession, he was one of the great admirals.

RADIATED CONFIDENCE

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