ww2

  1. Seaweed

    Prisoner of the Samurai by James Gee

    James Gee was a marine on board USS Houston when she was sunk by the Japanese in the Battle of Sunda Strait on 28th February 1942. Unknown to his family he survived as a PoW and on liberation his story was recorded by his psychiatric nurse, Rosalie Smith. Her daughter Allyson Smith has now...
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    In Action with Destroyers by JAJ Dennis, ed. Anthony Cumming

    Alec Dennis joined Dartmouth as a cadet in 1931 and in 1939 was hauled off his sub lieutenants' courses to join the destroyer HMS Griffin, under the exemplary leadership of Lt Cdr Johnny Lee-Barber, under whom he progressed from sub lieutenant under training, to navigating officer, and then to...
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    The Japanese Navy in WW2, David C Evans (ed.)

    This is a reprint of the 1989 second edition, with seven additional articles, of a 1969 work presenting in translation twelve post-war essays by senior IJN officers covering the Pacific War at sea as seen through Japanese eyes. While twelve of the items record participants' experiences of...
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    Wingfield at War by Mervyn Wingfield

    This work is the first of a series of Royal Naval memoirs edited by Captain Peter Hore, a published author on naval history and for many years the Daily Telegraph's naval obituarist, in succession to John Winton - a tough act to follow. He presents here Wingfield's own autobiography, originally...
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    Through Albert's Eyes by A Bentley-Buckle

    A Special Entry cadet from Ampleforth in 1939, following his cadet and midshipman's time ABB (1921-2010) volunteered for Special Service - so secret he could not be told what that was - and became a Beachmaster in an RN Commando group, first off the lead landing craft to control our landing in...
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    Enigma by David Balme

    '.. as important a strategic victory as .. Midway .. or .. Stalingrad' (John Winton) On 9th May 1941 the destroyer HMS Bulldog, escorting Atlantic convoy OB318, forced to the surface U-110. As the U-boat's surviving hands were hustled below, Sub Lt Balme boarded the the submarine, and searching...
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    Morse Code Wrens of Station X by Anne Glyn-Jones

    If you can't take a joke you shouldn't sign on .. The author passed up an Oxford place to do her bit in 1940. Post-war she did go up, read PPE, and added to her wartime achievements, becoming, by turns, an actress, researcher, and published author. While only just released, the genesis of the...
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    The Most Dangerous Moment of the War by John Clancy

    clutter-free and useful maps at the start of the book and diagrams of two major actions."
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    The Naval War in the Baltic 1939-1945 by Poul Groos

    Like (I suspect) many British readers, I came to this book remarkably ignorant of what went on in the Baltic during WW2. My own Cold War sea trips to Kiel, Aabenraa, Korsor, Copenhagen. Gdynia, Stockholm, Helsinki and Leningrad were all within the frame of their time; they had no recent...
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    Very Special Intelligence by Patrick Beesly

    This is a history of the Operational Intelligence Centre of the RN's Naval Intelligence Division in WW2, and its satellite the Submarine Tracking Room. The author was an early recruit to the OIC and brings this story to us as an informed insider rather than a speculative journalist. In compiling...
  11. janner

    Gold Run ...................... Robert Pearson.

    The book details the efforts made by both the Norwegian and British authorities to remove Norway’s gold reserves out of the reach of the advancing German Army when Norway was invaded in 1940. Both Norway and Great Britain were taken by surprise both by the Invasion and the subsequent speed of...
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    Please Help ME!?

    Hi signed up today to try and shed some light on my Grandfathers service in the Royal Navy during WW2. He was called Robert Hugh Pizey, the only info i have on him is a list of temporary sub-lieutenants (special branch) and things people that knew him have told me as he never liked to talk about...
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    A Secret Well Kept by Constance Kell

    This is a biography of Vernon Kell (1873-1942), founder of MI5 and its director for more than thirty years (rather than a history of MI5 per se). It was compiled by his widow in the late 1940s, but this account has only now been brought to light by his great granddaughter, Caroline Coverdale...
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    British Warship Recognition Vol.III by Richard Perkins

    This is the third of eight volumes of facsimiles of truly elegant water-coloured line drawings of British naval vessels from Victorian times to 1939. The RN built a lot of cruisers and Perkins had to split this part of his work over two volumes. This one covers the second half of cruiser...
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    Canaris: The Life and Death of Hitler's Spymaster by Michael Mueller

    Who sups with the devil must use a long spoon .. Michael Muller's biography of the enigmatic Admiral Wilhelm Canaris (1887-1945), WW2 head of Hitler's Abwehr, was first published in 2005 in German. Here we have a welcome Pen and Sword paperback reprint of the 2007 English translation. Canaris'...
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    Altmark WW2

    Hi I need help please. I am researching the names on our WW2 war memorial in Worthing West Sussex and one of the names in J J F Smith. The only information that I have been able to find in our local archive records is that this person was severely wounded re the Altmark 16th Feb 1940. Looking...
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    Seeking WW2 RN stoker

    I'm a historian finishing a book on WW2 and would really like to chat with a stoker from that time about life in the stokers' mess and especially receiving woollen comforts from the comfort fund. I'm in Yorkshire but very happy to travel.
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    WW2 WREN AUTOBIOGRAPHY - JUST PUBLISHED!

    MEDIA RELEASE DATE: 10th October 2016 MEMOIR TO CELEBRATE THE CENTENARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE WOMEN’S ROYAL NAVAL SERVICE (WRNS) IN 1917 As she starts her one hundredth year, Brenda Birney (born in 1917) has published her own experience as a Wren – The Women’s Royal Naval Service: a World War...
  19. Wreckmasterjay

    HMS Duchess sinking 1939

    Good afternoon shipmates, I am hunting for information on the sinking of the destroyer Duchess in collision in the Irish Sea on 12th December 1939 and wondered if anybody out there could help. I have trawled the net and found only a few relatives, a newspaper appeal in Kent and Portsmouth have...
  20. janner

    The Sea Devils...............Author Mark Felton.

    The Sea Devils…………Mark Felton. A very well written book that carries you along with those involved, at times it was very easy to forget that this was a true story and not a Boys Own work of fiction. I found myself reading just one more chapter on more than one occasion. If history had been...