This title tells the dramatic story of how the Royal Navy transformed ordinary citizens into first-rate and fearless sailors and navy personnel during World War II. It covers how they were recruited and trained, and how they endured life at sea in hostile waters, protecting convoys in the Atlantic, hunting submarines in the Mediterranean, and standing up to relentless air attacks in the Pacific. Told from the perspective of vivid first-hand accounts of life onboard, it reveals what it was like to be a sailor navigating, patrolling, and fighting in the largest theater of the war- the vast oceans.
About the Author
Angus Konstam is a former naval officer, maritime historian and museum professional, and had worked as the Curator of Weapons at the Tower of London and as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. He has written many books about naval history and sailors, from Tudor times to the Second World War.
Table of Contents
Introduction /Learning the Ropes / Life on Board / A Cruel Sea / Fury in the Mediterranean / In Eastern Seas / Demobilisation / Suggested reading / Places to visit / Index