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on 5 June 2014
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“ .. One of the chief features of the whole operation was the rapidity and accuracy of the naval gunfire…”

Commander Redvers Prior DSO DSC* MP RN, recalling, in the House of Commons on 2nd August 1944, his experiences of the D-Day landings

This is the story of a British battleship during and between two world wars, as told in reminiscences by her ship’s company, collated via the HMS Ramillies Association and supported by a range of previously unpublished photographs, from the author’s collection, the IWM and other sources. The result is an warts-and-all picture of life on the Lower Deck of a big ship, and as such is an important work of social as well as naval history. Every entry gives a fascinating insight into life on board - and on shore.

The ship commissioned in 1917 and went to the breakers in 1948. Assigned to the Grand Fleet in WW1, this was followed by peacetime service in the Home, Atlantic and Mediterranean Fleets. In WW2 she served from New Zealand to Nova Scotia and all points in between, and was employed on convoy escort, in the Mediterranean war, and as a bombardment ship off North Africa and in the landings at Madagascar, Normandy - where she fired over a thousand rounds of 15” at Nazi targets - and the South of France.

Ramillies was clearly a happy ship, in spite of being seriously overcrowded in WW2 and often operating in hot climates for which she was seriously unfitted. She was also a lucky ship. She successfully dodged both German and Italian torpedoes but was hit by two Japanese ones in 1942. In spite of this, and all her other adventures, in all her busy wartime service not one of her company was lost to enemy action.

The production quality is good apart from some transcription and one captioning errors.

You can see one of Ramillies’ guns outside the Imperial War Museum.
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on 25 November 2014
Everyone should purchase this book and read how the Sailors in a great Ship served their country, during the most difficult times.
Unlike most other books of this type, it does not try to make the time anything special and glam. This book deals with what it was like to be in the Royal Navy, the service least written about and most forgotten by the public.
This Ship did more than it's duty on D-Day and yet hardly gets a mention anywhere in other books on the War. At long last the public have a chance to read a true account.
Yes I do have a special interest in HMS Ramillies, my Father served on her for all the War and on his return spoke little about his time on her. But since reading this book some of what he did say makes more sense and the hard times come to light.
Just purchase this book, it is just the best. Read it in three evenings, a fantastic read.
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on 29 October 2014
I wish I had known this book was going to be published as I could have added some important input which is missing from the book. In this ships wonderfull history my father Colour Sergeant Geoffrey Gordon Cook Royal Marines spent a lot of time on this ship and got his DSM at Diego Suarez in Operation Ironclad .
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on 11 November 2015
As I expected a brilliant book with great illustrations.This book is the final chapter in my research to gather all information on this great battleship my dad served on during the Second World War.
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on 5 September 2015
a exalant book.any one who knew anybody who served on her should read this book
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on 30 January 2016
The book is more a compilation or personal experiences than a history of the ship. These are interesting but I was looking for more about the ship - her design, construction, performance, service history. I was thus a little disappointed and the local Oxfam book shop benefitted from its donation
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on 18 November 2014
INTERESTING
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on 24 June 2014
I initially though it was just a history of the ship but, its more than that, although I haven't got round to reading it yet, my first impression after a quick scan was its brilliant, my only disappointment was there's no interview with any of the men of the main 15" turrets.
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