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Fills a big gap in the role of the Merchant Navy in the Falklands War Highlights current vulnerability with diminished merchant fleet under British flag Highly interesting account covering all types of vessels involved Vivid accounts from all ranks giving great understanding
John Johnson-Allen went to sea in 1961 as an apprentice with the BP Tanker Company and leaving as Second Mate with a First Mate's certificate in 1969. He subsequently qualified as a Chartered Surveyor. He was awarded a Master's degree in Maritime History at the Greenwich Maritime Institute in 2008. He co-authored Voices From the Bridge with David Smith in 2010 and this is his second book.
The book provides insights into a field that not has been the subject of any substantial historical research up to now: the contribution of the British merchant navy to the British military campaigns during the Falklands War...the book definitely allows the reader to understand the situation on board the respective vessels and the merchant mariners' thoughts and behaviour as part of a naval operation...Johnson-Allen provides a fascinating look into such an operation by showcasing not only the factual history of the British long-distance supply operations during the Falklands War, but also the difficulties that arose between the navy and the merchant marine...This book is a welcome addition to the bookshelf of any maritime/naval historian whether interested in this particular conflict or the wider context of navy-merchant marine cooperation. An index, maps, photographs and the bibliography provide useful information for further research. The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du nord