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Royal Navy Social Change 1924-70Admiral Sir Frank Twiss
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SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE
ROYAL NAVY
1924-70

The Life and Times of
ADMIRAL SIR FRANK TWISS
COMPILED AND EDITED BY
CHRIS HOWARD BAILEY

1st. 1996
Sutton Publishing Limited in association with the Royal Naval Museum.

ISBN 0750906103

A maroon cloth covered book gilt lettering to spine - FINE condition in an unclipped dust wrapper in at least VERY GOOD PLUS condition.

"Almost as new!"

212 pages
160mm. x 240mm. x 28mm.
Weight wrapped 960gms.

£8.00 + P & P

Jacket blurb

Frank Twiss attended Dartmouth in 1924 as a cadet and went on to become a highly respected Second Sea Lord, introducing many beneficial welfare improvements for naval personnel. This book records social change in the Royal Navy from the personal viewpoint of one of its most significant officers this century.

Admiral Sir Frank Twiss KCB, KCVO, DSC, had a distinguished career which included such postings as Flag Officer Flotillas Home Fleet (1962-4), and Commander of the Far East Fleet (1965-7). His career proceeded at a rapid rate despite his going down with HMS Exeter in 1941 and being taken prisoner by the Japanese, in whose captivity he remained until 1945. When he retired as Second Sea Lord in 1970 he became Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod in the House of Lords, where he stayed until 1978.

Social Change in the Royal Navy is essentially the oral history of an entertaining and witty narrator, and weaves the Admiral's personal testimony with his letters and miscellaneous writings. It covers such topics as discipline, training, conditions on board ship, victualling, entertainment and welfare. It also provides a keen insight into significant aspects of naval history: the Admiral was Deputy Secretary to the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Korean War, for example, and has some interesting comments on his experiences with Churchill.

Social Change in the Royal Navy is a valuable testament to the life and times of a distinguished naval officer, and will appeal to all with an interest in the evolution of the Senior Service.

The author

CHRIS HOWARD BAILEY, CertEd, BEd (Horn), MA, PhD, is Head of Oral History, Publications and Education at the Royal Naval Museum and Visiting Research Fellow in History at the University of Portsmouth. She has worked extensively in both the United States and Great Britain in the fields of oral history and education and has published numerous articles and won many awards for her work. She is on the Executive Committee of the Oral History Society and is a member of the Oral History Association (USA) and the Society for Nautical Research. She is also the author of Down the Burma Road: Work and Leisure for the Below-Deck Crew of the Queen Mary, 1947-1967, and The Battle of the Atlantic:The Corvettes and their
Crews — An Oral History.

Contents

Foreword: Captain John Wells CBE, DSC, RN

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Dr Chris Howard Bailey

Prologue: Admiral Sir Frank Twiss KCB, KCVO, DSC

CHAPTER ONE:   Dartmouth Cadet, 1924-1927
    My Early Years
    Dartmouth Days
CHAPTER TWO:
  Cadet and Midshipman in the Atlantic Fleet, 1927-1930
    My First Ship
    Life on Board in the 1930s
CHAPTER THREE:   Lieutenant and Gunnery Officer, 1930-1939
    My First Years as a Lieutenant
    Professional Gunnery Officer
    Staff Course at Greenwich
CHAPTER FOUR:
  Early War Years, 1939-1942
    The Beginning
    Circumstances of War
    Battle of the Java Sea
CHAPTER FIVE:   Prisoner of War, 1942-1945
    A Survivor
    Macassar Camp
    Ofuna Punishment Camp
    Zentsuji Camp
    The Camp at Mitsushima
CHAPTER SIX:   Captivity to Liberation, 1942-1945
    The Way We Lived
    Liberation at Last
    The Long Voyage Home
CHAPTER SEVEN:   Commander — Post-war Years, 1945-1951
    First Command
    Gas Commander at Portsmouth
    An Executive Officer Ashore and the Unwinding of a Wartime Navy
CHAPTER   EIGHT:Captain — Ashore and Afloat, 1951-1960
    Deputy Secretary to the Chiefs of Staff Secretariat
    Captain — Fishery Protection Squadron
    The Imperial Defence College
    Captain of HMS Gamecock — Naval Air Station
    Captain of HMS Ceylon — 6-inch Cruiser
CHAPTER NINE:   Flag Officer, 1960-1967
    Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty
    Flag Officer Flotillas, Home Fleet
    Commander-in-Chief, Far East Fleet
    A Turning Time — 1960-1965
CHAPTER TEN:   Second Sea Lord, Chief of Naval Personnel, 1967-1970
    A Service University?
    The Rum Issue
    Other Steps Forward
    The Legal Side
    The Welfare Side
    `My Time Came to an End'
CHAPTER ELEVEN:   Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod. 1970-1978
     
Epilogue:   A Totally Different Navy

Select Bibliography

Index

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