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Another book request - 10/18/2010 9:23:12 AM   

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Hi Guys;

Looking for the advice of anyone on the boards for a good book on the merchant marine in WW2 - best fit about the British merchant marine. Father in Law loves the topic and he's damnably difficult to buy Christmas presents for (sorry to raise this topic...)


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RE: Another book request - 10/18/2010 10:05:48 AM   

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Here try this one, Unsung Sailors: The Armed Guard in World War 2. This is about the guys who manned the guns on the US Merchant Marine ships. Most of them were gunner's mates or similar rates.

Then there is this one about the SS Ohio.


Take my word for it. You never want to be involved in an “International Incident”.

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RE: Another book request - 10/19/2010 7:38:02 AM   

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Check this link for US Merchant Marine:

For the British Merchant Navy, try these:


So much WitP and so little time to play.... :-(

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RE: Another book request - 10/19/2010 10:58:49 PM   


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This looks pretty good on Amazon from the reviews: The Quiet Heroes (British Merchant Navy in WW2):

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RE: Another book request - 10/20/2010 1:25:21 AM   

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Hi guys. These sound great! I knew I'd get some seriously good support on such things here. Much obliged.


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RE: Another book request - 10/20/2010 8:41:18 AM   

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If you are interested in the European theatre as opposed to just the Pacific then I would recommend:

The Real Cruel Sea - The Merchant Navy In The Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1943. I have yet to finish the book, but having read about 1/3 through - so far so excellent

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England expects that every man will do his duty. Horatio Nelson October 1805

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RE: Another book request - 10/21/2010 4:51:41 AM   


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Not about the British, but a good read: "Merchant Marine Days: My Life in World War II," by David LaMont Lee. He served in the Merchant Marine in the Pacific, and the book is his personal story. Good book if you're interested in a sailor's personal experiences.

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