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Old 23-10-2012, 23:10
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Now re-reading CDR Eric Feldt's classic "The Coast Watchers". Always one of those books I like to revisit. The enormous influence of the coast watchers on the Guadalcanal and Solomons campaigns is excellently and dramatically portrayed in this book.
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Old 24-10-2012, 14:21
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I'm currently reading "Zero" and it's not about the aircraft. It relates to the IJN's use of air power during WW2. It's information received from interviews from personnel who were on the front lines. Notably it does mention how the IJN lacked in proper air field construction, deployment tactics and the US entry of new fighters.

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Old 25-10-2012, 17:29
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Now re-reading CDR Eric Feldt's classic "The Coast Watchers". Always one of those books I like to revisit. The enormous influence of the coast watchers on the Guadalcanal and Solomons campaigns is excellently and dramatically portrayed in this book.
Don, It wasnt untill I went to Guadalcanal that I knew that it was a British island. I had always associated it with the USA.
We were based in Honiara while Hms Hydra was charting the Solomon Islands.
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Old 25-10-2012, 20:16
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I had a chance to visit Guadalcanal back in the day as well, made it a point to drive out to Edson's Ridge and take a walkabout. Seeing the battlefield first hand sure gave one the "flavor" of what a nasty fight that must have been.

I had thought that Guadalcanal was "managed" by Australia just before the war, with their HQ at Tulagi and Gavutu-Tanambogo. We "borrowed" it simply because the Japanese decided to put an airfield there. Imagine if they had not, and all we had to do was pry them out of Tulagi instead! Much different scenario there....
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There is some discussion about books written about the Admiral Byng case in 1756/7. Any one interested?
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I had a chance to visit Guadalcanal back in the day as well, made it a point to drive out to Edson's Ridge and take a walkabout. Seeing the battlefield first hand sure gave one the "flavor" of what a nasty fight that must have been.

I had thought that Guadalcanal was "managed" by Australia just before the war, with their HQ at Tulagi and Gavutu-Tanambogo. We "borrowed" it simply because the Japanese decided to put an airfield there. Imagine if they had not, and all we had to do was pry them out of Tulagi instead! Much different scenario there....
As I remember, the Australians abandoned Tulagi in early May, 1942, right before the Coral Sea battle, just ahead of the Japanese arrival. While the land battle for Guadalcanal was 'rugged', the similar action at Tulagi, while shorter, was extremely brutal.
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Old 31-10-2012, 11:08
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As I remember, the Australians abandoned Tulagi in early May, 1942, right before the Coral Sea battle, just ahead of the Japanese arrival. While the land battle for Guadalcanal was 'rugged', the similar action at Tulagi, while shorter, was extremely brutal.
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The Solomons were a British Protectorate in 1942. However, many Australian firms and individuals were involved in the area. Prior to the Japanese invasion most of the British and Australians (including most of the civil administration) were evacuated to Australia but those forming the Coastwatcher Service, and a few stubborn planters, remained behind. The British Administration returned after the war and remained until independence in 1976. Australia and New Zealand became involved there in 2000, as a result of what amounted to a civil war on ethnic lines, and put peacekeeping troops into the country in 2003.
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I've just finished reading "The Decisive Duel - Spitfire vs 109" by David Isby.

It's the story of the development of both planes, their "rivals" (the Hawker Hurricane, FW190 etc.), and their service during wartime and afterwards. There's lots of technical stuff, but equally lots of stories from those who designed, built and flew both planes.

The Royal Naval angle is the Seafire, and this has plenty of exposure, both during the war and afterwards. I have read other books on the Spitfire and the Hurricane, but this is the first which tells the story of two planes "side by side" as it were.

A very good book - worth buying or getting from a library (which is what I did!) if you can.

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Old 31-10-2012, 20:32
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Just finished The 278 Men of USS Frank E. Evans (DD754) by Frank Jablonski which chronicles all the crew aboard on 3 June 1969 when EVANS collided with MELBOURNE including the 74 men lost. Very interesting to read especially since I was the first one on USS Kearsarge to get the message of the accident.

I usually read fiction. Currently reading W.E.B. Griffin's Honor Bound Series 2nd novel Blood and Honor.
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Just finished reading "A Leaf Upon The Sea: A Small Ship in the Mediterranean 1941-43" by Gordon W. Stead, a Lieutenant Commander in the RCNVR.

Published by The University of British Columbia Press 1988 - ISBN 0-7748-0299-5

A fascinating account of service in coastal craft based in Malta at the height of the siege.

Well worth a read.
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Just finished The 278 Men of USS Frank E. Evans (DD754) by Frank Jablonski which chronicles all the crew aboard on 3 June 1969 when EVANS collided with MELBOURNE including the 74 men lost. Very interesting to read especially since I was the first one on USS Kearsarge to get the message of the accident.

I usually read fiction. Currently reading W.E.B. Griffin's Honor Bound Series 2nd novel Blood and Honor.
Greetings Springfield Pop.

I was the OOW of HMNZS Blackpool and saw it all happen. I have copies of 'No Case to Answer' and 'In the Wake' by Jo Stevenson, wife of the CO of HMAS Melbourne but have not read Frank Jablonski's books,

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Greetings Springfield Pop.

I was the OOW of HMNZS Blackpool and saw it all happen. I have copies of 'No Case to Answer' and 'In the Wake' by Jo Stevenson, wife of the CO of HMAS Melbourne but have not read Frank Jablonski's books,

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Brian,
Good to hear from someone else who was close to this tragedy. I had relieved one of my guys on a SEATO voice radio circuit so he could go to early chow. About 10 minutes into sitting there with no traffic, I got the message from MELBOURNE that I will never forget: "MELBOURNE has just collided with EVANS, envision many casualties, request all possible assistance."

Spent the next few days while we transited back to Subic Bay with the survivors talking with the few radar men who made it out of their berthing area in the forward section of EVANS. A terrible night for all involved.

Frank Jablonski book is definitely a good read as it chronicles the whole incident from the EVANS view.

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Old 10-11-2012, 00:09
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Good to hear from someone else who was close to this tragedy. I had relieved one of my guys on a SEATO voice radio circuit so he could go to early chow. About 10 minutes into sitting there with no traffic, I got the message from MELBOURNE that I will never forget: "MELBOURNE has just collided with EVANS, envision many casualties, request all possible assistance."

Spent the next few days while we transited back to Subic Bay with the survivors talking with the few radar men who made it out of their berthing area in the forward section of EVANS. A terrible night for all involved.

Frank Jablonski book is definitely a good read as it chronicles the whole incident from the EVANS view.

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Hi Doug

I am amazed that anyone got out of the bow section, it sank from view in just a couple of minutes. We were racing in towards it to rescue survivors .... but there were not any. Absolutely gutted to hear that 74 men had gone down with it. I still remember every detail of that night.

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Just re-read "Memoirs: Ten Years and Twenty Days" by Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz.

Publisher: United States Naval Institute Press

Originally published in German in 1958/translated into English in 1959/my version published 1990

ISBN: 0-87021-780-1

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Started reading Citizen Sailors by Glyn Prysor. Only 80 odd pages in but a great read so far.
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Old 02-12-2012, 21:41
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Just finished Roll on the Rodney.

Just started The Rape of Nanking.
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Old 03-12-2012, 13:27
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A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 by Andrew Roberts.

Detailing the great historical and political events of the 20th Century and how the English-Speaking Peoples of the world have survived the four great assaults of the 20th Century, Wilhelmine Prussian militarism, the Nazi led axis, the global Marxism-Leninism and currently Islamic fundamentalism.

Describing the scuttling of the Graf Spee incident on 13 Dec 1939 when HMS Exeter came under attack from 11 inch shells we are told of Royal Marine Wilfred Russell who has his left arm blown off and his right arm badly broken in two places when B turrett was destroyed, either killing or wounding all the men. Despite his horrific injuries he dragged and pushed the survivors to safety below decks and when he spotted a Midshipman on the shrapnel and splinter strewn deck asked "I wonder if you could tourniquet my arm Sir? Don't worry about the other one - its gone"

Another man continued to operate machinery despite having both his legs blown off and before he died told an officer that he was "not doing badly under somewhat adverse circumstances"

A highly recommended book.

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Just started reading The Cruel Sea, seen the film loads of times, 1st time for the book
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Old 07-12-2012, 20:08
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I hope you're sitting in a comfortable chair because you're not going to be putting that book down any time soon - it beats the film into a cocked hat

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I hope you're sitting in a comfortable chair because you're not going to be putting that book down any time soon - it beats the film into a cocked hat

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Couldn't agree more Missy - it is definitely one of the classic books about the war at sea.
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--And Amen to all of the above,my father served in HMS ANEMONE (K48).an early corvette from 1940-43 and he said it was a very fair portrayal of life aboard one of these little escorts-which was appalling in the winters of 1940,41 and 42.

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Old 12-12-2012, 03:42
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Just started reading "Fading Victory: The Diary of Admiral Matome Ugaki". Ugaki was CoS of the Combined Fleet when the Pacific War began . Good read so far and compares to Ciano's and Goebbels' diaries for insight.
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Old 12-12-2012, 20:42
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Hehe, yeh it is getting a grip of me (I am a slow reader btw). It is beating Phoenix Squadron so far.... And getting close to my all time fave 'Proud Waters' by Ewart Brooks, may well prove better, I'm only on the the first convoy run for HMS Compass Rose
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Old 12-12-2012, 21:37
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Hehe, yeh it is getting a grip of me (I am a slow reader btw). It is beating Phoenix Squadron so far.... And getting close to my all time fave 'Proud Waters' by Ewart Brooks, may well prove better, I'm only on the the first convoy run for HMS Compass Rose
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To have a proper review of The Cruel Sea, you'd need to flick back through the pages here for ones by actual seamen. However, without giving away any 'spoilers', Nicholas Monsarrat was a commissioned officer in the RN in WW2 and did serve on the Altlantic convoy runs. Every word of this book drips authenticity, painfully so, IMO.

I picked it up to start reading just prior to settling down at night. The folllowing morning found me, still awake reading feverishly, utterly transfixed until the last, the very last page. Despite being quite determined to recoup the sleep debt the next night, I submitted to the temptation to pick up The Cruel Sea again. Never could only read a book the once. Yet again, read it all through the night and was as moved - as gripped - as heart-torn as the first time.

If you get the chance to, read his Three Corvettes too. This compilation of articles were written up from his diary / notes kept whilst at sea and published in various journals during WW2.

I'm not good at getting my mind round solid, factual accounts, just can't stretch my land-bound experience to encompass the historic facts. BUT a masterly 'fictitious' rendering (I would debate the 'fiction' label) brings the historic reality right home, really right home, to the bone.

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Thanks, I saw it has been mentioned on the thread some times & that prompted me to make a 'mental note' to get a copy.......then low and behold it 'popped up' as a recommendation on my amazon account. It is now in my kindle app on ipad
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