Merchantmen in Action

Published by Fonthill Media - ISBN 978-1-78155-045-8

In spring 1941, when the Merchant Navy was losing on average 130 ships a month, the unbreakable resolve of these civilian seafarers was all that held Britain back from inglorious defeat. Their courage and tenacity saved the lives of millions in the bleakest episodes of the War, and contributed substantially to some of the most celebrated Allied victories.

Roy V. Martin describes the evacuations from Dunkirk and Singapore, unravelling the truth from deep-rooted myth, but also the lesser-known evacuations in which hundreds of thousands of lives were saved. The Merchant Navy’s support of the landings in Africa, the Mediterranean and Normandy, where nearly 1,000 merchant ships manned by up to 50,000 civilian seamen delivered troops, supplies and two prefabricated harbours.

The Merchant Navy shouldered the greatest burden and suffered the greatest losses; yet their ranks, from 14-year-old boys to 74-year-old-men, were frequently neglected by the authorities and the public.

Merchantmen in Action

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