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HMS Fearless (Kindle)

Maritime Military/Maritime/Historical Naval

By Ewen Southby-Tailyour
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
File Size: 30.2 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781844681839
Published: 17th July 2013

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HMS Fearless was commissioned in 1965 as the first of two assault ships. She combined in one hull a tank landing ship, a troop transport and an amphibious command ship. Over nearly four decades she proved expert in all of these roles plus acting as a floating 10 Downing Street (for Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s talks with Ian Smith of Southern Rhodesia), embassy, exhibition hall and co-ordinating centre of civil aid projects, for which she was awarded The Wilkinson Sword of Peace.

Throughout her life she was intimately involved in Britain’s changing foreign policies. Operationally, she landed a force into South Arabia, the ‘tanks’ into Northern Ireland, was the central player during the Falkland’s campaign, helped Britain withdraw from Africa and the Middle and Far East and ended her life playing a key role in the initial Afghanistan operations.

She acted as the Dartmouth Training Ship, was at the forefront of Britain’s Cold War trials in the Arctic, served on the front-line‚ along NATO’s southern flank, featured in a James Bond film and took part in some 140 operational exercises. Inevitably there were tragedies, a collision, a fire and a grounding but her record was, as this superb book shows, exceptional.

When Fearless paid off in 2002 she was, apart from HMS Victory, the oldest ship in commission. Like Victory, she can justifiably claim to be the most famous and influential ship of her era. Her story, told here in words and pictures by one who knew her intimately, will be welcomed by all those sailors, marines and soldiers who served in her, and loved her. Naval historians will also recognise this as a book that demands to be read.

“A very useful addition to any naval historian’s bookshelf, which gives a real flavour of life to the 1960s to the early 21st century.”

News Letter (Belfast)

There is much to enjoy in this book, which is a 'behind the scenes' look at life in a major Royal Navy warship”
“His robustly written introduction really sets the tone of what I certainly found to be an entertaining and instructive read. A very useful addition to any naval historian's bookshelf, which gives a real flavour of life in the RN from the 1960s to the early 21st century.

Guy Warner

naval historians will recognise this as a book that demands to be read.

Scale Military Modeller Magazine

“A very useful addition to any naval historian’s bookshelf, which gives a real flavour of life to the 1960s to the early 21st century.”

News Letter (Belfast)

This excellent history is based on the chronological history of the ship by Commanding Officer. There are a number of personal accounts in the Appendices and these cover the Executive Officers and the Chaplain’s View amongst others. If the history of HMS Fearless appeals to you or if you are a naval historian then this is the “must-have” book on this outstanding vessel.

www.militaryarchiveresearch.com

This excellent history is based on the chronological history of the ship by Commanding Officer. There are a number of personal accounts in the Appendices and these cover the Executive Officers and the Chaplain’s View amongst others. If the history of HMS Fearless appeals to you or if you are a naval historian then this is the “must-have” book on this outstanding vessel.

www.militaryarchiveresearch.com

This book follows a format that is sadly out of favour for long periods, but which cannot
be bettered in providing a detailed history of a ship and her people. Most frequently it is the format favoured by those who served on the vessel that is subject of a book. One reason that this format is still relatively rare is that it requires very thorough research, interviews with a large number of people associated with the ship, and this thorough work is costly in time and expenses. Many authors of naval history prefer to avoid this level of work in researching for a book. However, the result is not just highly valued by former shipmates, but by anyone wanting to read a definitive history of a vessel that is unlikely ever to be bettered. The author is to be commended. The author is to be commended for the care and affection with which he has recorded the story of this ship. The standard of illustration is extremely good and adds greatly to the account. There really is not much more to say about the book than that it is a definitive history and demands to be read.

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