New PDF release: Abandon Ship!. The Post-War Memoirs of Captain Tony McCrum

By Tony McCrum

ISBN-10: 1783031786

ISBN-13: 9781783031788

Captain Tony McCrum's naval profession begun in 1932. He survived the sinking of HMS Skipjack at Dunkirk and went directly to serve on minesweepers and at sea through the landings at Salerno. His wartime studies have been lately released as Sunk by means of Stukas.This ebook covers the second one a part of his naval occupation among 1945 and 1963. Having arrived again in Plymouth from Trincomlee as a lieutenant aboard the destroyer Tarter in November 1945, his first appointment was once as senior teacher on the RN indications tuition in Devonport. There then appointments as Flag Lieutenant; first to Admiral Pridham-Wippell, CinC Plymouth Command after which Admiral Sir Rhoderick McGrigor, CinC domestic Fleet, the place he was once additionally Deputy Fleet Communications Officer. He used to be in response to the admiral's flagship, the battleship HMS Duke of York which he joined in 1947. The fleet exercised within the Atlantic and Mediterranean and 'showed the flag' in quite a few ports within the united states, Caribbean Islands and the Baltic. In May...

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We’d dance the night away and swim when it got too hot. 00 am. 30 am. If I was noticeably hung-over the Admiral never commented on it and we fulfilled a packed programme of official engagements each day. Before we left I was bidden to tea by my girlfriend’s mother and father in their grand bungalow above an Atlantic bay. After bathing and tea I was plied with Planter’s Punch, a delicious cool drink that tasted like an exotic fruit juice. It was made with white rum and the juice of fresh limes and it was a very deceptive cocktail.

Many decisions were taken round the table and there wasn’t much social chitchat. The Admiral was a workaholic who preferred to talk ‘shop’, which was never dull, although I would have preferred a more gossipy conversation like my former boss used to indulge in. This admiral was quick off the mark to meals and the pre-dinner drinks session was severely rationed. You were lucky if you got more than one drink. We travelled all over the country visiting the ships of the fleet. The drill was always the same.

The Russians refused to release their German prisoners of war, who were incarcerated in terrible conditions in Siberian Gulags, where many died, and the survivors were not repatriated until 1956 – eleven years after the end of the war. At home, the Labour Government, voted in by a huge majority (including my vote) in 1945, was in power, committed to old fashioned socialism. They nationalised the coal mines, the railways, the buses, the ports, the Bank of England and many other firms. They introduced the National Health Service and a comprehensive welfare system.

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