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Survivors: British Merchant Seamen in the Second World War Hardcover – February 5, 2003
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Author article in the BBC History Magazine (Historiographer)
About the Author
G H Bennett is Reader in History and Head of Humanities at the
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Top international reviews
This book should be read by the whole nation, it should be taught in schools, The sacrifice paid by Merchant Seamen in WW! & 2 was unforgivable.
Our debt to these guys is immense. All seafarers that went to sea after WW2 knew it including myself, a dangerous job with no health and safety as such involved, death was easily come by if you were not careful watching your step. Pre sea training could only show you so much, the rest was up to the shipping company and you.The guys before me were the wartime crews, and how they suffered to keep this country on its feet.
Read this book is a must if you read no other, you need to be knowing what went on.
My Uncle was aboard the "SS Abukir" when she departed Ostend on the evening of 28th May 1940 during Operation Dynamo. Abukir was torpedoed by a German "Schnellboat" and sunk a few hours later.
It was alleged that the captain of the Schnellboat then returned and shot the survivors in the water and, until now, I could find no confirmation or otherwise if this was true or not..........................."Survivors" confirms it was true!!