Training the Wavy Navy in WW2


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'In Which We Served', Brian Lavery, Conway 2008.

This is an encycolpaedic account of the way the RN trained its enormously expanded officer corps in WW2, full of excerpts from memoirs of wartime RNVRs, Monsarrat, Peter Bull, Alec Guniess etc etc. It is unworthy to nit pick the occasional unavoidable error in a book written by a civilian (albeit a National Maritime Museum curator emeritus). I soon began to realise what a lot I was learning form the book which I didn't know before, indeed had not greatly thought about. Lavery collates and writes so that what it was like to be an RNVR in a corvette or an LCT comes absolutely vividly to life. A first class book and it leaves me in great awe of how the RN managed to turn tens of thousands of civilians into naval officers in a few weeks flat. Read and enjoy. At times it gets so real you may need to have a bucket handy.
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