The men of Britain's Merchant Navy, although unarmed civilians going about their lawful business were the first to be involved with the enemy in the Second World War. Less than nine hours after the declaration of war on 3 September 1939, the Donaldson liner Athenia was sunk without warning by a German U-boat off the west coast of Ireland. From that moment onwards, British merchant seamen were constantly in the front line in all quarters of the globe. For almost six years they faced, without flinching, their own private hell of torpedoes, bombs, shells and mines, all the while fending off their old arch-enemy, the sea. Sorely pressed, and often tired near to death, they kept open Britain's tenuous lifelines, bringing millions of tons of raw materials, food, oil, arms and ammunition, without which the country could not have survived. As always, their spirit was indomitable, their professionalism unchallenged. The price they paid for their bravery and dedication was horrendous: 2,246 ships lost, 29,180 men killed, and countless hundreds maimed and wounded. This book tells the story of just a few of these quiet heroes.
Captain Bernard Edwards spent 37 years at sea with the Merchant Navy commanding ships trading worldwide. On retirement he settled in South West Wales to pursue his second career as a Naval historian. His knowledge of the sea and ships has enabled him to write a series of internationally recognised works, the majority of which are in print with Pen & Sword.
This book is a collection of incidents which occurred during the Second World War. Bernard Edwards is the author of very many books about the war at sea and as usual he has written a... [read full review]MARINE NEWS
Men who manned merchant ships, hose ho dies, and those who lived to see the peac, were all quiert heroes, dedicated and uncomplaining, This book is an excellent tribute to these unsung heroes,... [read full review]Shipping Today & Yesterday
One of the most disastrous wars of the man kind had quite few critical moments that could be easily enumerated, for example Battle of England, El Alamein, battle of Kursk and many others. However, the... [read full review]MB (Customer Review)
Living in constant fear of being torpedoed, struck by mines, strafed and bombed, during the Second World War the men of the Merchant Navy endured tortuous months at sea in order to keep Britain's vital... [read full review]Roger Fielding
From the author of numerous other naval history publications, and merchant mariner himself, comes The Quiet Heroes; a worthwhile tribute to the men whose contribution ultimately made victory in the Battle of the Atlantic. Living... [read full review]James Tweal
The Quiet Heroes is a beautifully apt title for a book which attempts to the highlight the valiant efforts of the British Merchant Seamen during World War II. It is an area often overlooked in... [read full review]Carl (customer review)
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About Bernard Edwards
Bernard Edwards is one of the most popular and prolific authors and is well established as a front rank naval historian. His many titles include The Quiet Heroes, Twilight of the U-Boat, Japanís Blitzkrieg and, most recently, The Cruel Sea Retold.
A former Merchant Navy Officer, he now lives in Gwent, South Wales.
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