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Bomb Alley: Aboard HMS Antrim at War Paperback – 4 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; Reprint edition (4 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844156249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844156245
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.7 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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David is a natural storyteller and even the most trivial of incidents leap from the page with life and colour. Although I'm not a man or a sailor, nor have I been to war, there were many times when I felt absolutely in the centre of the action and riveted by the drama and pathos." -- Jane Baker - Writer's Advice Centre

"A vivid and compelling account of the Falklands War which gives a quite different perspective of what went on to the normal senior officers' reminiscences." -- Navy News

"Bearing in mind that it is normally officers who write accounts of war in the Royal Navy, it is refreshing to add David Yates to the pantheon of Falklands War authors. All in all it is a brilliant effort." -- Warships International Fleet Review

"Bomb Alley achieves what only the best first-hand accounts do. It gives an insight into the humanity of those caught up in such momentous events and in so doing draws the reader into the narrative to feel something of what it was like for those who lived and died as history was made." -- Mike Starke - Isle of Wight County Press

"David has produced a book that is worthy of a place in the history of the Royal Navy. His easy style, fascination for detail and his descriptions of work-a-day life onboard HMS Antrim, coupled with the remarkable details of the Falklands War itself, all make for a very good read." -- Wots Out Now Website

I would certainly recommend it to anyone who was in the conflict, who remembers life aboard the beautiful 'light cruisers' of the County class or who wants a taste of life on the lower deck. It is written by someone who was there- with honesty and perception. -- Navy News - Feb 2007

It is most refreshing to add David Yates to the pantheon of Falklands War authors, particularly as he writes so fluidly and with a genuine warmth, conveying the ordinary heroics of combat at sea, as well as its stupidities. 'Bomb Alley' also has a comprehensive Naval Glossary, a Naval Cook's Glossary, a list of nick-names and an index. All in all, it is a brilliant effort. -- Warships International Fleet Review


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I served in HMS Antrim during the Falklands War and agree with 'Mike' that this book is completely self-centred and self-serving fantasy by the author. Much of the information is inaccurate and is a poor historical source for what actually occurred. Scarcely any incident described in this account is factually correct and it would have been impossible for the author to have witnessed some of them unless he had been absent from his place of duty. To have seen the bombardment of South Georgia would have required him to be in the way and to be able to see through a substantial chunk of mountain.

He cannot even get the names of the ship's officers correct!

I am particularly disappointed that while the rest of us were trying to fight the ship and win the war, the author was often, by his own account, trying to screw the system. The description of the looting by him of the stores at South Georgia is a sorry tale, when one considers the genuine heroics that were being performed by other members of the ship's company at the time.

Please do not encourage such self-promotional nonsense. Amazon should re-classify it as fiction.
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I enjoyed this book, it gave me a very personal insight into being part of a ship's company going to war and being in a war. It is the recorded experience of a single crew member, one experience among many different experiences and is clearly tinted by the author's view of life. It is a rarity in that it was written by a caterer, I don't know of any other book written by a caterer in the Royal Navy from Nelson's time to date. In that sense it is of some interest, a significant view into that part of ship life.
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I was looking for something that gave a feel for the life aboard during this conflict, and i think this missed it a bit, there were a few insights, but for the main part things were glossed over. " We were upset to hear the Coventry sank today" didnt really give me any more insight than i already had of the hardship of this war, was looking for something a bit more personal it think.
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This book is at best a very self serving account of what happened at a very difficult time for many sailors who were at war. At worst it is libellous and the author should prepare himself for what may well follow.

I find it amusing that a catering assistant is so well able to recall stories and action that should more rightly have been witnessed and talked about by the armed and trained sailors actually defending the ship and her men.

Perhaps Mr Yates was serving afternoon tea on deck at the time!

It is the norm for all witnesses to events to see things differently, yet Mr Yates can account for the opinion of an entire shipload of men and then quote it as all being the same as his. One wonders how many of them he has actually spoken to both at the time and since.

This book should be marked as fiction
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