Citizen Sailors: The Royal Navy in the Second World War Paperback – 26 Apr 2012
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Marvellous...a fine addition to the literature on the Second World War (Sunday Telegraph)
Prysor does for the sailors of the Royal Navy what Patrick Bishop did for the RAF in Fighter Boys...He reminds us of their extraordinary contribution to our survival. (Daily Express)
A moving and evocative story of the war at sea (Professor N.A.M. Rodger, author of 'The Command of the Ocean')
This impressive human history of the Royal Navy begins the long overdue process of putting it back at the heart of the war effort (Book of the Week Independent)
Full of terrific stories (Sunday Times)
An absorbing read...a fine memorial (Literary Review)
Excellent. Captures the soul of the men who were there...their humanity and, occassionally, inhumanity (Navy News)
Skillfully weaves together a coherent 'people's history of the sailors' war'...Fresh and compelling (Times Literary Supplement)
Breathtaking skill...freshness and force...Prysor makes the Navy of the Second World War intensely personal, vivid and vital (Military Times)
Reads extremely well, with a gripping narrative that explains the unfolding of the war whilst weaving in moving and vivid personal accounts...This is a book that manages to fuse the strategic with the human and the social with consummate skill, and in so doing it delivers a multifaceted understanding of the war at sea as well as a poignant reminder of the way in which society has lost its 'sea vision' (Nautilus International Telegraph)
About the Author
Glyn Prysor was educated at Oxford University, where he completed a doctorate and taught modern history. He lives in Sussex. This is his first book.
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My only criticisms are that the stories are weaved through the book partly by a sort of events timeline and it gets a bit hard keeping track of the various sailors who are quoted as they duck in and out. Also towards the end of the book the author starts pulling towards the effects of war on post war Britiain, almost as if trying to sum up how sailors contributed to the political events after the war. At times I thought this should have been a whole other book and didn't quite sit well with the other accounts.
Otherwise it was a well written and compelling book, which left me wanting to shake the hand of any sailor who took part in the war out of respect, the heroics of just abiding their fate under such trying circumstances seems almost unfathomable and yet they just got it with it, knowing that a horrific death was possible at any second.
It is very fortunate that Glyn Prysor has so diligently collected these stories, for I grew up as a boy amongst many of these same sailors who returned from the horrors of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Murmansk convoys and many other theatres of war, and most of these poor men hardly ever said a word. "It had to be done," was the usual comment, without any great detail of just what they had done.
Reading these stories now, I do wish I could revisit those old, now long gone, silent heroes if only to buy them a very well-earned tot.
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