The Navy Eternal - Bartimeus
Laughing Kitbags - Ian Ditch
Laughing Kitbags - Ian Ditch
Awesome.WW2 FAA from Seaweed's bookcase:
‘Carrier Glorious’ (1917-1940) John Winton
‘Illustrious’ (1938-1945) Kenneth Poolman (1955)
‘Find, Fix and Strike!’ (1939-45) John Winton
‘Wings of the Morning’ (1939-45) Ian Cameron
‘Carrier Observer’ (1939-46) Gordon Wallace
‘Stringbags in Action’ (Taranto & the Bismarck Chase) Vice Admiral BB Scofield
‘War in a Stringbag’ Charles Lamb
‘Sea Flight’ (1940-5) Hugh Popham (1954)
‘Carrier Pilot’ (1940-5) Norman Hanson (1979)
‘Wings on My Sleeve’ (1940-1960) Eric (Winkle) Brown
‘They Gave Me a Seafire’ (1940-6) Mike Crosley DSC*
and one I read ages ago but don't have a copy of:
'Bring Back my Stringbag' John Godley (Lord Kilbracken)
Christmas RN reading list? I have a vision of an elderly bachelor Retired Officer, sitting in a big armchair, whisky, dressed in dark lounge suit, blue stripy shirt, blue tie, big painting of Trafalgar 1805 above the fire place, bookcase toppers with naval and military books (nothing by Sharky) excitedly opening a parcel from Santa.............a copy of Oddessy of a U Boot Commander by Erich ToppBump for a Christmas RN Reading List compiled by Historian Dr Phil Weir
I read but didn't like Preece's book. Agree with all the others. I'd add "Very Ordinary Seaman" by JPW Mallalieu, an autobiographical novel about the training & action of a destroyer crew in WW2. Mallalieu was called up as an RN rating & then selected as a potential officer.Unscathed, by Major Phil Ashby RM. About his escape from rebels in Sierra Leone.
Commando, by Hugh McManners. The accompanying book to the TV series of the same name, about Royal Marine recruits and All Arms Commando Course working to get their Green Lids.
The Making Of A Royal Marine Commando by Nigel Foster. A good insight into the Corps, with chapters about recruit and officer training, SBS, Mountain & Arctic Warfare Cadre.
Commando, by Chris Terrill. In the same vein as Hugh McManners's book mentioned above, but written about 10 years later. Terrill was not an ex-Marine, or even ex-military, but he went on to do the Commando Course events, and got an honorary Green Lid.
First Into Action, by Duncan Falconer. Went SBS straight after recruit training at Lympstone, without first serving in a regular Commando unit.
Amongst The Marines, by Steven Preece. This is more to do with the barrack room culture in the Royal Marines.
Falmouth Sea Cadet Corps is named T. S. Robert Hichens.Anthony Hichens: Gunboat Commander.
"This biography draws heavily on the personal diaries of the subject, Robert Hichens (or 'Hitch' as he was universally known). After a brief description of his early life, time at Oxford, his motor racing achievements (including trophies at Le Mans in his Aston Martin) and RN training, the book focuses on his exceptional wartime experiences. Hitch was the most highly decorated RNVR officer of the war with two DSOs, three DSCs and three Mentions in Despatches. He was recommended for a posthumous VC. We read of his early days in vulnerable minesweepers and the Dunkirk 'Dynamo' operation, (his first DSC). In late 1940 he joined Coastal Forces serving in the very fast MGBs, soon earning his own command and shortly after command of his Flotilla. He was the first to capture an E-Boat. His successful leadership led to many more successes and his reputation as a fearless and dynamic leader remains a legend today. The book contains detailed and graphic accounts of running battles against the more heavily armed E-boats. Tragically he was killed in action in April 1943, having refused promotion and a job ashore."
His bio/memoirs was on the precourse reading list for ICSC(M) at one time. Read and digested. 'Hitch' was an outstanding civilian (RNVR) naval officer, the right stuff.Falmouth Sea Cadet Corps is named T. S. Robert Hichens.