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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books; Reprint edition (30 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848321759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848321755
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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Brilliant naval memoir. This book is an honest account of what life was like during the war but this is an open honest and factual account of that life aboard ship. As one of the last veterans left standing Ditcham provides us with some very powerful descriptive language, while using humour that covered his incident packed naval career. This is a wonderful memoir and it has been an honour to read it as it is probably one of the last to be written by a veteran as their number declines with the years. This is also an important voice being left for all of us to remember how war touches all of us and that people Tony Ditcham stood tall for us in our hour of need. This will be used by students of history as not just a memoir but a witness statement to life on the seas during World War Two. Paul Diggit (reviewed on: Goodreads, Amazon, Library thing, the readingroom, Waterstones and Shelfari

About the Author

TONY DITCHAM originally wrote this memoir for family and friends and self-published a very limited edition hardback. Attractively produced with many of the author s own illustrations and photographs, it was enthusiastically reviewed in the specialist press, prompting this paperback reprint.


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Having previously suspected that this book had potential I'd given it a 1 star review due entirely to the appalling formatting that had rendered it unreadable on my Kindle. It has now been updated and with 99% of problems sorted out it is an excellent read. Tony Ditcham's account of life on HMS Renown followed by a succession of destroyers is both witty and thrilling in turn. His account of Arctic convoy duties and the Battle of the North Cape as well as D-Day and many other actions along with everyday life in the Royal Navy is a must for anyone interested in WW2 and naval warfare in particular.
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This book is one of the most outstanding military Memoirs which it has been my pleasure to read. the writer takes you through his Naval service beautifully written in a manner which the reader feels almost alongside him. Writing embodied with humility, humour and wonderful descriptive language. IT would however have been good to have at least a brief outline of the writers post war career.
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A truly excellent read. Full of colour, humour and affection for his shipmates. A real tale of daring do in those harsh years of World War 2 when those gallant men and women simply had to get stuck in. I heartily recommend this author and his memoires.
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I really enjoyed reading this book of times when such bravery and duty was the norm. Brave, honest sailors the like of we will never see again.
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My husband thought this an excellent book
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Excellent read.
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Fantastic book. A lot of detail and you can get a real feel of what it was like at that time. I like the author's understated style and humour.
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More of a NAVEL memory,
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