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The Real Cruel Sea: The Merchant Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1943 Paperback – 9 May 2005

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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; paperback / softback edition (9 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719565995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719565991
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Impossible to put down ... it is the perfect book for those who love the sea, filled with the most exciting detail of navies in both world wars.' Morris Beckman (Camden Journal)

Combines harrowing, sometimes humorous eyewitness accounts with a strategic evaluation of the war at sea ... A superbly researched memorial (Christopher Lee, Literary Review)

This is military history for grownups, unsparing and unedifying, but gripping from first to last (Michael Kerrigan, Scotsman)

'Woodman set out to describe "the moral high point" of the British and American maritime effort in World War II. He has succeeded superbly.' Robin Knight. (The Old Pangbournian)

Drawing extensively on first-hand sources, Woodman establishes the importance of the British and Allied merchant fleets to the war effort. (Navy News)

Will surely serve as a semi-official wartime history of our merchant marine (John Crossland, Sunday Times)

Both in-depth and memorable (Eastern Daily Press)

Richard Woodman understands the sea and seamen and tells the story without artificial colouring (Tom Pocock, Spectator)

It completes a trilogy which will surely serve as a semi-official wartime history of our merchant marine ... Woodman leaves us with a feeling of humility and plenty of food for thought (John Crossland, Sunday Times)

The gripping story of the merchant seamen and their battle for safe passage of convoys across the Atlantic (History Today)

The finest work to date on the cruelly ill-used and underrated merchant navy in the Second World War (New Statesman)

This superbly-crafted history is a fitting testament to their valour (Focus)

Magisterial (Daily Express)

A big book, replete with scholarship and evidence of vast research ... an account which so badly needed to be written (Michael Grey, Lloyds List)

A moving tribute to the sailors who fought for survival (The Sunday Times)

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The gripping and intense story of the merchant seamen and their battle for safe passage of essential convoys across the Atlantic in WW2.

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