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The sea takes no prisoners : the men and ships of the Royal Navy in the Second World War

Author: Edmund S Wong
Publisher: London : Uniform, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The voices of over 125 Royal Navy men and women recount their days of service to Britain and the world during the 1939-1945 war at sea. The stories selected from the audio archive of the Imperial War Museum cover as wide a range as possible of wartime experiences that include: life before the war, motivations for enlisting, training and reporting for sea duty. Accounts of fear, anger and terror are intertwined with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edmund S Wong
ISBN: 1911604287 9781911604280
OCLC Number: 1018224512
Description: 356 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Before the war --
Ajax's first war patrol --
The Royal Navy's boy seamen of World War II --
Young men, old ships --
For the fallen --
The Arctic convoys --
Little ships with heavy burdens --
The Navy's pilots, planes and carriers --
December catastrophe : HMS Repulse and Force Z --
Malta under siege --
Shock of the Rising Sun --
Convoys for Malta --
The Royal Navy in the Pacific --
When sailors fell --
The wrens were in it, too --
Hostilities case.
Other Titles: Men and ships of the Royal Navy in the Second World War
Responsibility: Edmund S. Wong.

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The voices of over 125 Royal Navy men and women recount their days of service to Britain and the world during the 1939-1945 war at sea. The stories selected from the audio archive of the Imperial War Museum cover as wide a range as possible of wartime experiences that include: life before the war, motivations for enlisting, training and reporting for sea duty. Accounts of fear, anger and terror are intertwined with others that concern love, humor and fun. Shipboard life is remembered as ranging from hectic to monotonous, both inspiring and frustrating and dangerous, yet also secure. The book's chapters accompany the men and their ships from great oceans to unknown backwaters as they engage, year by year, in the war's naval battles and campaigns, the majority of which are represented. There is a chapter dedicated to the wartime contributions of the WRNS, another chapter dedicated to the RN's Boy Seamen and an epilogue that tells about the post-war fate of some of the ships and men featured in the book.

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"Wong has given us a great service. He has curated a collection of those narratives from sailors of the second war, and brought them to print. Along the way he has placed them in context with Read more...

 
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