Reblogged from Bring the heat, Bring the Stupid:
The complete movie adaptation of Nicholas Monserrat’s fantastic book of the Battle of the Atlantic.
I don’t know how long the video will stay up, so catch it now!
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The book is indeed fantastic; highly recommended reading. Also excellent is Monserrat’s “The Kappilan of Malta,” which interweaves the WWII siege and defense of Malta with the earlier history of the island.
Awesome novel I read when I was but a teen. (40+ and holding now)
Never had the opportunity to see the film adaptation.
Thanks for the post and link.
Also worth noting – and I posted this in comments at Brad’s place as well – the video can stick around for as long as you want it to, with a little website called KeepVid.com …
As did eg23sailor, I read Cruel Sea in my teens. The first book I ever read about war and certainly one of the best of the many I have read since. I still have the copy. Never saw the movie version. Many thanks.
IIRC, the first (or among the first) books I read about war were the early Alistair MacLean novels: HMS Ulysses, The Guns of Navarone, and South by Java Head. (His books went downhill from there.) I still remember the first book I ever read about subs: Nautilus 90 North. I think I was in grade school. Got it from my local library. Wiki says it was first published in 1959, so that would be about right.
I can’t remember what I had for breakfast this morning, but I can remember books that I read fifty+ years ago. Funny how the mind works.
For non-fiction book lovers, Black May by Michael Gannon is an excellent book about the war in the North Atlantic in May ’43.
I’ve read Gannon’s “Operation Drumbeat”. If Black May is as good as that, then I got some adding to do for my reading list.
I would also recommend Homer Hickam’s “Torpedo Junction” as well.
(Yes, the same Homer Hickam NASA Rocket scientist portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal in the 1999 Fillm “October Sky”) Turns out in addition to being a NASA Scientist, he’s quite the Historian too. Torpedo Junction focuses on the U-Boat war of the US Eastern Seaboard.
Historical Note: More ships (both in numbers and tonnage) were sunk just off the US East Coast than in the “Western Approaches” to Britain.
I read the book as a young Airman Apprentice while on my very first deployment in 1974. Classic one about the sea and those who serve in Men of War.
The movie was seen on a late show while pier side at Norfolk VA late one night with quite a few of us in our cramped little lounge in V-1 Berthing aboard The Good Ship USS Independence CV-62.
Walker RN. A legend. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/24/a5024224.shtml
Excellent little bit of history. I love reading stories such as this. keeping history alive.
Walker RN… great man.
As opposed to another Walker from the USN
@cg23sailor: I heard that the book was based, in part, on Walker.
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