Sailors Behind the Medals

Waging War At Sea 1939–1945

Chris Bilham

 
Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
120 black and white illustrations
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ISBN : 9781473896499
Pages : 264
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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The story of the Royal Navy in the Second World War is an epic, consisting both of dramatic battles such as the River Plate and Matapan, and drawn-out campaigns such as the escort of convoys to Malta and northern Russia. The author examines the careers of twenty-three sailors who took part in these actions which resulted in the award of their medals.

He illustrates a cross-section of the wartime Navy long-service regulars, volunteers, recalled veterans of the Great War, Hostilities Only ratings. They served in nearly every kind of warship and in all the main theaters of the war and their individual acts of gallantry under extreme conditions make for inspiring reading. The author also examines the medals that were awarded for gallantry.

About The Author
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Chris Bilham BA LLB FRGS was born in New Zealand. His father, like those of nearly all his schoolmates, was a Second World War veteran and Chris developed a life-long interest in military and naval history. He was a member of the Territorial Army for six years (Infantry and NZSAS). He has collected and studied medals for forty years, was a founder member of the Hong Kong branch of the Orders & Medals Research Society and was awarded the Societys Award of Merit in Gold. Chris now lives in Auckland.

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