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Convoy: Merchant Sailors at War 1939-1945 Hardcover – July, 1998

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An often overlooked aspect of World War II was the battle waged night and day by those who served not on warships, but on merchant ships pressed into wartime duty. Convoy: Merchant Sailors at War puts a sharp focus on merchant sailors from the British Merchant Navy, the American Merchant Marine, and the Canadian Merchant Navy, and through copious use of photographs, paintings, wartime posters, and maps, tells the story of the merchantmen who fought the epic Battle of the Atlantic. The survival of the Allies depended on supplies flowing from North America to Europe; the desperation of the early years of the war, and the story of how the tide was slowly turned, is well presented in the book. As the coauthors are both British, the book tends to focus on English sailors, but the personal accounts of veterans of wartime merchant service transcends national boundaries. Life onboard the ships is well documented, and of particular interest is a photographic tour of the Jeremiah O'Brien, an American Liberty Ship which has been restored to its wartime condition. The text is organized thematically, dealing with particular classes of ships as well as with particular aspects (such as the role of air cover) of the Allied campaign to sweep the oceans of the dreaded U-boats. --Robert McNamara


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: US Naval Institute Press (July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557501378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557501370
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,733,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've read and liked all the books in this format by Kaplan, but I think this is the weakest in the series. The picture choices were "fair" and the writing "fair to good" but this means the book doesn't match the high standard set by the previous volumes (ie "Round the Clock", "Little Friends", etc). It was published after Mr. Currie died so I guess it's understandable. I've read and enjoyed most of Mr. Currie's books and, though I never got to meet him, I will miss him.
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Great book, shows what it was like to sail in WW2 Allied Convoys, whether in escort vessels or cargo ships, whether you were a Yank, a Brit, a Canadian or from the other Allied Countries. Good coverage on convoy tactics, the U-boat threat, the verious merchant navies, and the actual cargo ships themselves. High recommended!
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