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Old 22-02-2012, 10:38
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Edna.

Trawling back---see yours of last year on "Lost Voices of the Royal Navy"
My sister,who is always on the lookout on my behalf, sent me a copy of this thick paperback some while ago,and am ashamed to say I have not yet been able to read it-- but looks to be a great collection pf personal memories of RN incidents.(think I mentioned had just opened it on December 4th !)

My sister (82) had included a card saying she knew I would find it enjoyable----the card shows a cat sitting in a shop in front of a computer,saying to the assistant---
"Just show me the mouse"

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Old 04-03-2012, 10:26
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On the Wire by Dave Peel..... From SAR aircrewman diver to aircrewman contracted to HM Costguard
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Old 07-03-2012, 00:42
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... a find at the local library sale, G.J. Marcus' "A Naval History of England, Vol.II The Age of Nelson." My education in the days of sail needs work anyway! Hopefully Vol. 1 and 3 will show up sooner or later. Books for a dollar just can't be beat!
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Old 22-03-2012, 18:11
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My sister, ever on the lookout, just sent me a copy of David Wragg's
"Plan Z" (The Nazi bid for Naval Dominance) which doubtless been referred to many times over the past years. I just opened it to skim headings but must finish "Lost Voices" (Edna's mention of last year) before I get into this heavier
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Old 23-03-2012, 18:30
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Just started reading Capt.SW Roskill' RN "The Navy at War"pub. Collins 1960-it is as I would expect a pretty comprehensive work; but up to press I think that Correlli Barnett's "Engage the Enemy more Closely"will take some beating for detail.
I also bought Capt.D Macintyre's "The Naval War Against Hitler"pub. Willmer Bros for Batsford 1971 .A disappointment- as is little more than a compendium of his previous works on the Atlantic and Mediterranean (which I already had)
-a fool and his money----- !!

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Old 27-03-2012, 09:47
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Edna.

Trawling back---see yours of last year on "Lost Voices of the Royal Navy"
My sister,who is always on the lookout on my behalf, sent me a copy of this thick paperback some while ago,and am ashamed to say I have not yet been able to read it-- but looks to be a great collection pf personal memories of RN incidents.(think I mentioned had just opened it on December 4th !)

My sister (82) had included a card saying she knew I would find it enjoyable----the card shows a cat sitting in a shop in front of a computer,saying to the assistant---
"Just show me the mouse"

derek-L
I haven't been checking this thread recently - I'm afraid my reading has been very light, but my son has been enjoying (if that is the right word) reading Lost Voices.
My cat Honey (and my son's cat Rosie) both enjoy walking over the keyboard to find the mouse - and also try to catch the cursor. They are both banned from the workroom. ! ! !

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Old 02-05-2012, 18:47
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Not being greatly versed in naval actions of the Great War,I recently acquired
"Naval Battles of the First world War" by Geoffrey Bennett- published by Batsford 1968 (1st Edition) 220pp.64 B&W plates and 14 maps/diagrams.
It is in my opinion an excellent primer for the neophyte,not because it is simplistic;but because it is written by one who has already had published works on the Coronel&Falklands and Jutland battles.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book as a great source of information.

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Old 02-05-2012, 18:59
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I'm reading BLOODSTAINED SEA: THE U.S. COAST GUARD IN THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC, 1941-1944 By Michael G. Walling. Excellent book and well worth taking the time to read.
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Old 02-05-2012, 19:16
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Just finished "Task Force" by John Parker - Naval history in brief from WW1 to the Gulf War.
Brilliant writer, just ordered two more of his books.
Now reading "Soldier, Sailor and Airman too" fascinating story of a young bootneck (RMLI) officer who ends up as an RAF Group Captain - wow what a military career!

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Old 02-05-2012, 20:04
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Not being greatly versed in naval actions of the Great War,I recently acquired
"Naval Battles of the First world War" by Geoffrey Bennett- published by Batsford 1968 (1st Edition) 220pp.64 B&W plates and 14 maps/diagrams.
It is in my opinion an excellent primer for the neophyte,not because it is simplistic;but because it is written by one who has already had published works on the Coronel&Falklands and Jutland battles.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book as a great source of information.
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I bought it when it was first published in paperback, and have used it so much that it is now grubby and falling apart and I am looking for a replacement. It is very useful for quickly learning about an action, but as you say Jim, it is not simplistic but gives one a good grounding for further research. I still use it occasionally, to check the big picture, particularly when I get bogged down in detail.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:10
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"I bought it when it was first published in paperback, and have used it so much that it is now grubby and falling apart and I am looking for a replacement. It is very useful for quickly learning about an action, but as you say Jim, it is not simplistic but gives one a good grounding for further research. I still use it occasionally, to check the big picture, particularly when I get bogged down in detail."
Thanks Bill for the back-up.I bought mine for £7 from AbeBooks,nice copy; and I know there were others-take a look.
http://www.abebooks.co.uk/docs/Welco...ome&cm_ite=wel

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Old 03-05-2012, 11:00
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Thanks for the link Jim. Quite a range of prices for the identical item.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:44
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I bought it when it was first published in paperback, and have used it so much that it is now grubby and falling apart and I am looking for a replacement. It is very useful for quickly learning about an action, but as you say Jim, it is not simplistic but gives one a good grounding for further research. I still use it occasionally, to check the big picture, particularly when I get bogged down in detail.
I ended up in the same position as you with that very excellent book, I was able to get a second copy......for some reason it doesn't feel the same as the first, but still.....
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:54
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I am reading 'British Cruisers of World War Two' by Alan Raven and John Roberts, Pub 1980, Arms and Armour Press. Bought for a princely sum from the U.S....couldn't get it UK!

Now this is a reference book, do others take enjoyment in reading reference books cover to cover, I wonder?

Incidentally, 'Lost Voices' has been mentioned previously. This is a great book and should be required reading.

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Old 06-05-2012, 13:44
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Hi All

Just ordered "Citizen Sailors" online from Waterstones using my Christmas gift card. £7.99 and free delivery, bargain.

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Old 08-05-2012, 09:52
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I currently have two books on the go, the first is Sailor in the Air - The Memoirs of the World's First Carrier Pilot by Richard Bell Davies. A totally fascinating book written by one of the most significant characters in the history of naval aviation. Having reached almost half way through and finding it a riveting 'read', it certainly lives up the retailer's synopsis.

"Richard Bell Davies was one of the most important characters in the history of naval aviation. Despite a traditional naval education - he was among the last cadets to be trained under sail - he was quick to grasp the potential of aircraft, and backed his vision by privately learning to fly. This allowed him to join the Naval Air Wing in 1913 and he enjoyed a very active, but hair-raising career during the Great War, including winning the VC for a daring rescue of a fellow pilot while under heavy fire.

Because of his unique breadth of experience he was transferred to experimental work, where he played a major part in crucial developments like arrestor gear, deck barriers and the 'island' superstructure that define the modern aircraft carrier. As the first man to regularly land and take off from such ships, he did much to prove the value of shipboard aviation. After the war, in an Admiralty post, he continued to promote the flying interests of the Navy, and the book provides a firsthand chronicle of the struggles with the Air Ministry over policy and control. Although he retired in 1941, he accepted a lower rank to command one of the newly invented escort carriers, so his service ended as it had begun, at the cutting edge of naval aviation. This wonderfully active, and hugely significant career is related with a charm, modesty and humour which make the book enthralling and memorable.

Vice Admiral Richard Bell Davies, VC, CB, DSO, AFC was one of the greatest pioneers of naval flying, being closely involved in the development of many of the devices and techniques that made it possible to operate aircraft from ships. He also played an active part in the Great War, for which he received a VC."

The second book is Max Hastings' "All Hell let Loose - The World at War 1939-1945", a hefty volume tracing the chronological events of WW2 whilst drawing on anecdotal accounts - many previously unpublished. It puts a very human face on this scrupulously researched overview of one of the most pivotal period of the 20th century; which is still casting long shadows on the lives of individuals and nations to this day.

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Old 08-05-2012, 13:36
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Love Sailor in the Air... one of my favs, did you know he once crewed a Ketch with Beatty, who lived round the corner from me at Stapely, many moons ago. They still have his two lions ( HMS Lion)on the entrance to his ancestral home. Reading On the Wire, at the moment. Not as good as Rescue 194. Best book i have ever read is HMS Leviathan
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Old 08-05-2012, 19:51
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Love Sailor in the Air... one of my favs, did you know he once crewed a Ketch with Beatty, who lived round the corner from me at Stapely, many moons ago. They still have his two lions ( HMS Lion)on the entrance to his ancestral home. Reading On the Wire, at the moment. Not as good as Rescue 194. Best book i have ever read is HMS Leviathan
Gee thanks for that added titbit of information, scouse. I'm finding Sailor in the Air quite gripping, sat up until 0300 last night, reading it - was quite unable to put it down.

Would On the Wire be the book written by Dave Peel? I'm still quite new to this genre of books despite being a rabid bookworm since my early teens. However, after having a deeko at this one and the novel HMS Leviathan, I'm strongly tempted to add them to my lenghtening wishlist (which has been left conveniently laying around for kindly offspring to notice) .

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Yes you are right about Dave Peel . Jay Odonnell QGM wrote Rescue 194. They were SAR Aircrewmen in the RN. I have meet Jay ,right good egg. Forgot to mention one of John Winton(Hms Leviathan)other books. We joined the Navy ,you won't be able to put that one down. Ps Iron Coffins by Herbert Werner,is the best submarine ers book ever, regards David
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Old 09-05-2012, 15:05
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PPS if you can get hold of a copy of Red Sailor by Patrick OHara. Put it on your bestest ever wish list .It now costs over a grand for a 2/6 pence book. It was once lent to me by a very good friend of Red Sailor,who was with him in HK many moons ago
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Well, well scouse, you are on the way to corrupting me thoroughly! The Red Sailor by Patrick O'Hara, £45 on EBay and still too rich for my blood in oh so many ways But still has snuck its way onto my wishlist

On the Wire by Dave Peel - £13.81 on Amazon; I hate you, and I being but a mere pensioner. I shall have to choose between eating and reading - mein gott - what a choice to make!

However, you redeemed yourself with Rescue 194 Jay Odonnell QGM at £6.29 at Amazon, affordable if I stick to beans on toast for a week. And Iron Coffins, at 1p plus P&P, how could I resist...

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Just completed Geirr Haarr's "The German Invasion of Norway, April 1940" in paperback. I think it was published in HB a couple of years ago. There is also a companion volume for the post-April action. Very good book written from the Naval point of view. A lots of pictures I'd never seen before. Very well worth the read in spite of a couple of translation and typesetting errors.
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Well, well scouse, you are on the way to corrupting me thoroughly! The Red Sailor by Patrick O'Hara, £45 on EBay and still too rich for my blood in oh so many ways But still has snuck its way onto my wishlist

On the Wire by Dave Peel - £13.81 on Amazon; I hate you, and I being but a mere pensioner. I shall have to choose between eating and reading - mein gott - what a choice to make!

However, you redeemed yourself with Rescue 194 Jay Odonnell QGM at £6.29 at Amazon, affordable if I stick to beans on toast for a week. And Iron Coffins, at 1p plus P&P, how could I resist...

Missy
Just a heads up for a poor pensioner that Amazon have Hms Leviathan for 1p plus p&p and We joined the Navy at 13p plus p&p . Winton was himself an officer in the royal navy. They were a bit security conscious about naming ships,when he wrote. So HMS Leviathan was actually HMS Eagle. In We joined the navy HMS Barchester,is in fact HMS Dorchester. Regards David
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Just a heads up for a poor pensioner that Amazon have Hms Leviathan for 1p plus p&p and We joined the Navy at 13p plus p&p . Winton was himself an officer in the royal navy. They were a bit security conscious about naming ships,when he wrote. So HMS Leviathan was actually HMS Eagle. In We joined the navy HMS Barchester,is in fact HMS Dorchester. Regards David
Oh David, my friend, I find myself totally seduced - could never resist a good book. Will be spending the day reinforcing the last remaining semi-empty book shelf in my abode... And the husband will be astounded by the prevailing silence once the post is delivered Regards Sylvia
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Just completed Geirr Haarr's "The German Invasion of Norway, April 1940" in paperback. I think it was published in HB a couple of years ago. There is also a companion volume for the post-April action. Very good book written from the Naval point of view. A lots of pictures I'd never seen before. Very well worth the read in spite of a couple of translation and typesetting errors.
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I have that companion book. I was unwell when I started reading it, so couldn't give it the concentration it deserved and put it down for future reference. The detail is phenomenal, almost a mile by mile (nautical or land) description of the action. I wouldn't know about the translation errors, though no doubt if I spent some time watching these Scandinavian crime thrillers I might pick up something!

Luckily, I reckon I'm now in a position to put it back on the reading list...after Ian Geoch's biography of Mountbatten and Martin Bowman's USN Carrier Operations 1941 - 1945.
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