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Old 25-07-2017, 12:27
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"Fighters over the Fleet: Naval Air Defence from Biplanes to the Cold War" by Norman Friedman.

A densely-packed 460 pages. Currently about halfway through and finding it most illuminating.

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Old 25-07-2017, 16:48
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Just got hold of a copy of the 2000 FAA book, "Fly Navy". A remarkable compendium of "from the cockpit" stories from the 1945/2000 period, many by people I knew well. Nostalgic, impressive and re-conjours the pride all of us with anything to do with the FAA should feel.
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Old 26-07-2017, 01:42
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Currently reading Andrew Gordon's "The Rules of the Game"; been meaning to for some time but have only just got around to it. Not sure I completely buy his central "Authoritarian vs Autocrat" thesis; while it might have some truth I doubt that it is as critical as he implies and in any case it doesn't take account of the effect of small ship and independent command on the mindset of at least some of the commanders of the day. Nor do I necessarily believe that the 5th BS turning to the north after the BCF a bit late was the reason for the lack of a decisive British victory - although to be fairl I'm only half way through so that may not be where he ends up. Old news to many I suppose but of interest to me.

Just got the latest volume from the NRS as well, a new "Naval Miscellany". Looking forward to that.
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Old 30-07-2017, 11:34
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Have just started re-reading Master and Commander - had forgotten how detailed and absorbing it was. There is no way we could put ourselves in those situations, I find the descriptions amazing.

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Old 06-08-2017, 17:53
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Excellent set of Books, I have read everyone and listened to them.
Here are a couple of pictures of the Surprise that played the part of the ship in the movie, and one of the Captains Cabin, she is in the Maritime History Museum in San Diego, we did a tour of her, very interesting.
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:59
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Thanks, Barry, I enjoyed your comments!

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Old 17-08-2017, 22:31
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FOR INFORMATION - NAVAL AVIATION - GUY WARNER

I am not reading any of Guy Warner's book's but thought that any member interested in naval aviation might be interested in some details about him. The following was picked up on Facebook:
This event is taking place as part of the HMS Caroline Lecture Series.
Events are £12 each or three events for £30 and includes exclusive after hours entry and lecture series admission.
Historian Guy Warner tells the story of one of the first aircraft carrier pilots in the world, Jack McCleery, a Belfast born First World War pilot whose wartime diaries, letters and photographs were rediscovered and are now the subject of a book.
About the speaker:
Guy Warner is a retired schoolteacher and former MOD civil servant. He is the author of twenty eight books and booklets on aviation past and present and has written hundreds of articles for magazines in the UK, Ireland and the USA.
Pre-booking is essential.

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Old 24-08-2017, 19:20
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1. Barracuda Pilot. Author Dunstan Hadley. Publisher Airlife Classic ISBN 1-84037-225-7. 2000 Edition. Really informative and full of character.
2. Arctic Convoys, 1941 - 1945. Richard Woodman, with a foreword by Admiral of The Fleet Lord Lewin.Publisher John Murray (Publishers) Ltd, 1994. ISBN 0-7195-5079-3. This is a re-read, a book that 'demands' to be picked up and read again and again.
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Old 31-08-2017, 21:08
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Just finished "Tin Hats, Oilskins and Seaboots" an absolutely wonderful book by Commander (Ret'd) Latham B. Jenson, RCN.

It recounts his adventures from his joining the RCN in 1938 until the end of WWII.

He describes his training with the RN (in Erebus, Frobisher and Vindictive) and then his early wartime service in Renown, Matabele and Hood. He left Hood just four months before her tragic loss.

He returned to Canada in September 1941 for service with the RCN, survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa in September 1942 and continued serving in a number of Canadian ships until war's end.

He remained in the RCN until retiring in 1965.

He was an extremely talented artist and the book is lavishly illustrated with his pen and ink drawings.

Highly recommended reading for any Canadian members, but also a great read for anyone else!

ISBN 1-896941-14-1
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Old 02-09-2017, 06:03
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Just started reading The Life and Death of the Luftwaffe by Werner Baumbach (commander of Germany's bomber forces at the end of WW2) [1949].

It tells the story from the start of the clandestine re-building of air combat capabilities in the 1920s through the end of the war, focusing on the bomber arm.

Baumbach was an outspoken critic of mistakes made by Germany's leaders, and kept his position only by being too good a leader and commander to be dismissed. His book reflects that non-ideological viewpoint, and deliberately works to de-romanticise aerial warfare.

Baumbach died in 1952, at the age of 36, on an experimental flight in Argentina (he had been granted permission to emigrate from Germany in 1948).
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Old 02-09-2017, 06:39
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Jimmy Doolittle's biography "I could never be so lucky again" which is absolutely riveting, he lead the raid on Tokyo after Pearl Harbour, headed up the air force in North Africa for Op. Torch, and was flying from the first days of aircraft. A fascinating insight to the growth of American air power (slow and sceptical) from the era of WW1 to post WW2.
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Old 02-09-2017, 16:33
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Tim,

If you haven't read it I recommend "The Aviators", this includes Doolittle, Rickenbacker and Lindbergh, it certainly changed my attitude towards Lindbergh.

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Old 03-09-2017, 06:34
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thanks Barry, there are many references to "Slim" Lindbergh in Doolittle's book, I will get this. Thanks. Just ordered the Tin Hats book ....
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Old 03-09-2017, 06:45
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thanks Barry, there are many references to "Slim" Lindbergh in Doolittle's book, I will get this. Thanks. Just ordered the Tin Hats book ....
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Old 07-09-2017, 19:33
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DESTROYERS

In Action with Destroyers 1939–1945 (J A J Dennis)
Pre-order from Pen & Sword Books at the introductory price of £15.99 (https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/In-Action-with-Destroyers-19391945-Hardback/p/14189)
A superbly written and exciting eye-witness account of the war at sea from 1939 to 1945. There can have been few, if any, naval officers who saw so much action as Alec Dennis, who served in four destroyers; HMS Griffin and Savage initially before commanding Valorous and Tetcott. While too modest to admit to it, he was mentioned in Despatches three times (Norway, sinking the Schnarhorst and in the North Sea) and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Greece 1942). His war service also included the important but little known Madagascar operation, the Malta and Arctic convoys and D-Day.
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Old 12-09-2017, 05:36
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"Tin Hats..."

I had a long talk to my Canadian veteran friend, Capt. Rolfe Monteith, yesterday, a very active 93. I asked him if he had known Cdr. Latham Jenson. Of course! he told me, he was a very popular officer, a natural extrovert, known to all as "Nobby" Jenson, always sketching. The sketching part is obvious as his book is highly illustrated with his work. The book is fascinating, now even more so after Rolfe has filled in some of the human details.

Very many thanks Tim for recommending...

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Old 12-09-2017, 10:44
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I have recently been re-reading "One Wren's War", an account of Margaret-Munday-Whitaker's wartime experiences, as told to Irene Burkett.

She lived in the Isle of Wight and was lucky enough to be based there (HMS Medina and HMS Osborne), so she can describe civilian as well as service experience. She tried to enlist at 16, but was not accepted, so she trained in accountancy and re-applied aged 18 and was accepted, and was involved in the pay arrangements for the numerous naval groups on the Island.

The dual view of this period is very interesting.

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Old 12-09-2017, 17:47
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"Tin Hats..."

I had a long talk to my Canadian veteran friend, Capt. Rolfe Monteith, yesterday, a very active 93. I asked him if he had known Cdr. Latham Jenson. Of course! he told me, he was a very popular officer, a natural extrovert, known to all as "Nobby" Jenson, always sketching. The sketching part is obvious as his book is highly illustrated with his work. The book is fascinating, now even more so after Rolfe has filled in some of the human details.

Very many thanks Tim for recommending...

Tim L
You are quite welcome Tim - so glad you enjoyed it.

Had always heard him referred to as "Yogi" Jenson (the origin of which nickname he mentions in the book), so the nickname "Nobby" is new to me.
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Old 14-09-2017, 05:50
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yes, I think Rolfe was confusing himself re nickname, but certainly they knew each other.
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