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Admiralty Salvage in Peace and War 1906-2006 (Hardback)


By Tony Booth
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781844155651
Published: 21st June 2007
Last Released: 1st August 2007



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The importance of marine salvage during armed conflict has been vastly underestimated since becoming a vital Naval arm during the First World War. Between 1915 and 1918 the Admiralty Salvage Section saved nearly 400 merchant vessels, desperately needed to bring food and war materials into Britain. During the Second World War, some two million tons of shipping was successfully recovered. From D-Day onwards Admiralty salvage men cleared many stricken craft from the Normandy beaches alone, often under heavy shellfire. Then, as the Germans retreated back across Europe, salvage teams undertook vital port clearance duties, greatly aiding the Allied advance on Germany.During the Suez Crisis, Falklands Conflict and even the last Gulf War the same story can be told. And their peacetime operations have also been important. In 1954 for instance, under the direction of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, wreckage from a de Havilland Comet airliner was recovered from a record-breaking depth of more than 600 ft. and helped lead to the discovery of metal fatigue.Drawing on a wealth of official documents, Admiralty Salvage is the first book to explore in depth the courage, personal sacrifice and invaluable contribution these forgotten heroes have made during both peace and war.

..extremely well-researched, and i believe it will become established as the definitive work in its field. It provides very detailed background to all its selected subjects. It is written with a professional, easy-to-read style and sets a high standard.

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