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A navy cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spinein at least NEAR FINE (as new) condition.

The dust wrapper is not price clipped, in at least NEAR FINE (as new) condition.

224 pages. 160 mm. x 240 mm. 23 mm. Weight wrapped <750 grams.

£10.00 plus postage



The Royal Fleet Auxiliary 1905 - 1952

by Geoff Puddefoot

1st.  2010 Published in the UK by Seaforth Publishing,
an imprint of Pen and Sword Books Ltd.

ISBN 978 1 84832 074 1

Jacket Blurbs:

Formally established in August 1905, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary – unofficial motto: Ready for Anything – was originally a logistic support organisation, Admiralty – owned but run on civilian lines, and comprising a miscellaneous an very unglamorous collection of colliers, store ships and harbour craft. This book charts its rise in fleet strength, capability and importance, through two world wars and a technical revolution, until the time when naval operations became simply impossible without it.

Ready for Anything by Geoff Puddefoot: A photograph intended to give an impression of the appearance and general condition of this book.

This book combines a history of the service, including many little-known wartime operations, with data on the ships, and a portrait of life in the service gleaned from personal accounts and recollections. Half way between a civilian and a military service, the RFA has never received the attention it deserves, yet its ships and crews were always right in the heart of all the navy’s operations, at war and peace. This book throws a long-overdue spotlight on its outstanding achievements.


The Author:

Trained as a teacher, Geoff Puddefoot is now a full time writer, journalist and novelist. He has made a particular study of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, a service he believes has never received the credit it deserves. This prompted him to research and record the previously untold story of the RFA in the Falklands War, and the resulting book, No Sea too Rough, was published in 2007 to mark the 25th. Anniversary of the South Atlantic conflict.
The success of that book inspired a broader history of the RFA, the first part of which was published in 2009 as The Fourth Force. This covered the period from the end of the Second World War to the present, and this story is now completed by Ready for Anything, which chronicles the earliest years of the service, from the RFA’s inception to the aftermath of the Second World War.


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