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ROLL ON THE RODNEY

Life on the Lower Deck of the Royal Navy Warships after the Second World War

by David Phillipson

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Roll on the Rodney

Life on the Lower Deck of the Royal Navy warships after the Second World War

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The tough lifestyle and rudimentary conditions on the lower deck of its warships showed few signs of improvement in peacetime. Coupled with wardroom indifference and the Admiralty’s conservatism, it was several years before the ordinary seaman saw any improvement in conditions.

This 1st edition
Published 1999 by Sutton Publishing Limited, Stroud, England
ISBN 0 7509 1968 X
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BOOK CONDITION and DETAILS:

Black cloth bound book with gilt lettering to spine pages unmarked -Condition VERY GOOD PLUS.
Dust wrapper not clipped sellers small sticker over price - Condition at least VERY GOOD.
A nice tight copy.

152 pages : 160 mm. x 240 mm. x 17 m

Weight wrapped for postage <750 grm.

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Impoverished after the Second World War Britain was forced to take drastic economic measures – not least in her armed services, and the postwar decade was particularly hard for the Royal Navy. The tough lifestyle and rudimentary conditions on the lower deck of its warships, which had been tolerated during the war, showed few signs of improvement in peacetime. Coupled with wardroom indifference and the Admiralty’s conservatism, it was several years before the ordinary seaman saw any improvement in conditions. It came as no surprise, therefor to learn that the Navy was experiencing problems with recruitment and retention of men.

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David Phillipson experienced the privations of this period first-hand and has canvassed the memories and opinions of dozens more who served with him in the decade following the war. The picture he paints is one of eternal dissatisfaction and represents the authentic voice of the ‘men’ as opposed to the officers at this time. Yet, in the face of hopeless overcrowding, noise, and the ever-present  threat of tuberculosis and asbestosis, the regular ratings managed to maintain friendships, cleanliness, ingenuity and – above all – an irreverent sense of humour.

Using a thematic approach supported with anecdotes, his own personal memories and first-hand accounts of fellow seamen, Phillipson looks at food and clothing, pay, the messdecks, shore leave, discipline and relations with officers. The result is a vivid, revealing and – in places – disturbing insight into life on the lower deck in the Royal Navy in the first years of peace following the end of the Second World War.

 

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