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Wren's Eye View: The Adventures of a Visual Signaller (Into Battle) [Hardcover]

Stephanie Batstone
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1994 Into Battle
Oban, Scotland, World War II. A signal station overlooked the Firth of Lorne. Every passing shop, from the Morag Jane to the Duke of York, was challenged and identified. Stephanie volunteered for signalling to 'free a man for the Fleet'. Like all trainee Wrens at HMS Cabbala, she hoped for a posting to Portsmouth. But the Navy sent her to the Highlands, and a life of incredible harshness.
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Product details

  • Hardcover: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Parapress; 1st edition edition (1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898594120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898594123
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 878,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of wartime life with some laughs! 26 Nov 2003
By Louise
I originally got this book as I am interested in morse code and signalling and was hoping to get an insight into its use. Although there are some interesting details I was very soon engrossed in an excellent factual story told in a humorous and lucid manner by Miss Batstone. It is very rare that I get so addicted to a book but this one is a winner - I just couldn't put down. I was transported to the cold wet signal station near Oban (Scotland) where the wrens communicated with sailors off shore by lamp and flag and put up with terrible wartime living conditions. Some messages were often of personal nature - definitely not approved of by the admiralty!
This is a great and very easy read _._ m0cuq
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5.0 out of 5 stars Window into far off days 29 Oct 2007
Not only is this book historically facinating, its also incredibly well written and entertaining. It captures the spirit of the times through which Stephanie lived and survived. The story tells of a plucky london girl who has her heart bent on becoming a visual signaller. Despite the naysayers, she becomes one of the best on sea or shore. She scratches out an existence in the harshness of the highlands, taking comfort in her friends, her dreams of romance and her own skill with the lamps. Her characaterisation is vivid and at times hilarious, and you can see the scottish scenery unfold in her prose. I couldn't put it down. Interested in the period or not, I would recommend it to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book 17 Jun 2010
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I bought this book when I was researching for a novel and I needed some background detail about the everyday lives of wren signallers. In no time at all I was drawn compellingly into a world that existed several years before I was born. The description and characterisations are superb,and I felt that I knew some of the characters personally and cared very much about them. I also found the book ideal for my original purpose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mommy loved it! 30 July 2013
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Bought as a birthday present for my mother as she knew the places mentioned in the book being not only an " x" wren but also living in the area that it is based around.
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