very ordinary seaman

#1
Rooting around in the attic I came across this book that brought it all back to me when I joined up in'56.
All of my time at Raleigh was there and it brings back memories.
Forgot I still had it but I'm glad I kept it.
The only difference is I never saw war and just as important I never went on a run ashore and headed for a cafe for sticky buns!
there was more in Torpoint than that but he did write it in '44 so I guess it was more relevant then.Still a good read though.
 

Yorkie_S/M

Lantern Swinger
#2
That was compulsory reading when I was in training We only had the one copy everyone in our mess (38) people0 must have read it at least twice.
 

Seaweed

War Hero
Book Reviewer
#5
A brilliant book I rememebr from ages ago. Every time there's a pause for breath the Jimmy sends Mallalieu off to give the iron deck a dickie sweep down. Quite apart from the war. Good Lower Deck WW2 reminiscences are so scarce (apart from snippets in the Hidden Voices series), this one is an extraordinary valuable piece of history.
 
#6
Seaweed said:
A brilliant book I rememebr from ages ago. Every time there's a pause for breath the Jimmy sends Mallalieu off to give the iron deck a dickie sweep down. Quite apart from the war. Good Lower Deck WW2 reminiscences are so scarce (apart from snippets in the Hidden Voices series), this one is an extraordinary valuable piece of history.
I rember a book that went round my mess, send down a dove, this was also a lower deck althoug about a sub
 
#7
One of the funniest and 'true to life' books I have read about life below decks.
I met an old C.P.O. who served with the author and he confirmed the truth of the writing.
 
#8
My late grandfather was one of the characters in this book. He never did let on exactly who but my family have a good idea. He had some amazing stories regarding the artic convoys, some are hilarious. A true hero and a true family man that is missed very much every day
 
#9
Just had a chance to read this book - it's out of print.
I'm interested in ww2 destroyers as my Dad's favourite ship was HMS Forester. I was astonished to realise, when it came to the climactic action in the final chapters, that the fictional HMS Marsden was actually Forester and the action described was in reality the fight with the three German destroyers by Foresight and Forester in defence of the badly damaged HMS Edinburgh. Dad joined the ship later that year.
 
#10
Just read the book. Very, very good. You clearly do not want to be in a small destroyer in the Baltic in winter. The real story is here: http://www.world-war.co.uk/loss_edinburgh.php3 and it is uncanny how realistic the book is. I have mounted radar on peacetime destroyers, but that is not in the same league as what was described. I take my hat off to all of them.
 
#15
I have an original copy, and no, I'm not selling or loaning it out!!
Twas on your original recommendation that I bought a copy from Amazon , took it on hols and left it in the hotel library for someone else to enjoy.

Granny , available @ Amazon for a very reasonable price.
 
#17
Twas on your original recommendation that I bought a copy from Amazon , took it on hols and left it in the hotel library for someone else to enjoy.

Granny , available @ Amazon for a very reasonable price.
Did you enjoy though Stirl?

Only reason I'm keeping hold of it is because I got it from my Dad, he bought it when it first came out in paperback.
 

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