Convoy: Merchant Sailors at War, 1939-1945

Convoy: Merchant Sailors at War, 1939-1945

by Philip Kaplan
     
 

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The men of the British Merchant Navy, the American Merchant Marine, and the Canadian Merchant Navy, were the largely forgotten heroes of what was the longest, as well as one of the bitterest and most costly, campaigns of the Second World War. They suffered their first casualties on the day war was declared, 3 September 1939, when the liner Athenia was torpedoed off… See more details below

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The men of the British Merchant Navy, the American Merchant Marine, and the Canadian Merchant Navy, were the largely forgotten heroes of what was the longest, as well as one of the bitterest and most costly, campaigns of the Second World War. They suffered their first casualties on the day war was declared, 3 September 1939, when the liner Athenia was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland, and their last on 7 May 1945, the eve of VE Day, when two ships were sunk by a U-boat in Scotland's Pentland Firth. This book is a tribute in words and pictures to the ships and the men who made victory possible. The many rare photographs, paintings and memorabilia which the authors have assembled convey an unforgettable impression of the desperate dangers faced by seamen in some of the most lonely and terrible places on earth - the storm-tossed waters of the North Atlantic, the ice-fields of North Cape and the Barents Sea, the vast, empty expanses of the Pacific and the Southern Oceans. The accompanying text draws upon the unpublished memoirs of those who sailed in the convoys, who survived days adrift in lifeboats and who faced, again and again, the torpedoes of the U-boats and the bombs of the Luftwaffe.

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A tribute to the ships and the men of the British and Canadian Merchant Navies and the American Merchant Marine. The authors have assembled rare photographs, paintings and memorabilia in order to convey an impression of the extreme dangers faced by seamen in some of the most lonely and terrible places on earth. The accompanying text draws upon the unpublished memoirs of the sailors and contains vivid accounts of the war at sea, providing a reminder of how much we owe to ordinary seamen who never had the chance to be heroes and often died unrecorded deaths. Illustrated in color and b&w. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

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ISBN-13:
9781557501370
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
10.13(w) x 10.14(h) x 0.93(d)

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