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With The Royal Navy in War and Peace (Hardback)

O'er The Dark Blue Sea

Maritime > Naval > Royal Navy Military > Memoirs WWI WWII

By B B Schofield
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 270
Illustrations: 28
ISBN: 9781526736475
Published: 12th December 2018



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The Royal Navy that Brian Bethen Schofield joined at the beginning of the Twentieth Century truly ruled the waves. Safe anchorages spanned the globe and faster, better armoured ships with revolutionary weaponry were coming into service.

After serving as a midshipman in The Great War, Schofield qualified as a navigator and interpreter in French and Italian. At the outbreak of The Second World War he was Naval Attaché in The Hague and Brussels before becoming Director of Trade Division (Convoys) during the critical years 1941-1943. While commanding the battleship King George V he witnessed the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay in August 1945.

O’er The Dark Blue Sea is a superbly written memoir offering a fascinating insight into a bygone era. Anyone with more than a passing interest in British naval history will enjoy the Author’s graphic yet modest account of an exceptional career.

This is a useful and well-done memoir. I can recommend it unhesitatingly to anyone interested in this period of the Royal Navy.

The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord, Vol. XXIX, Summer 2019 – reviewed by Ian Yeates Regina, Saskatchewan.

Highly recommended.

Warship World, September/October 2019 – reviewed by PWM

I found this book to be both enjoyable and remarkable.
The title ‘In War & Peace’ leads one to expect and equal amount of stories about each of the subjects however a large percentage is devoted to the social life of a Royal Navy Officer during the early 1900s. We learn about the parties, sports and especially about shooting as a leisure pastime some of which would be unacceptable today.
There is no doubt that Admiral Schofield contributed, in his many diverse postings, considerably to the final outcome of two world wars though I feel he kept a lot of what he did ashore and afloat from us.
A most enjoyable read which I found hard to put down.

Ton Class Association

A brilliant personal history of the modern Royal Navy which looks back at Britain’s pride of place as the world’s leading naval power at the turn of the 20th century through to its place in the modern world. Utterly fascinating.

Books Monthly

With a naval career that saw service throughout both World Wars, Admiral Schofield’s story is one that fully justifies publication. He recorded his recollections and these have now been edited by his daughter, with some added background notes.

This is a highly enjoyable read. Schofield ‘s career from coal fired ships to the major fleet actions in the Pacific, included the relaxed life of an officer in the peacetime Royal Navy between the wars. Her final words in her foreword sum him up succinctly – “in body and spirit Schofield was a sailor all his life”. Highly recommended.

Peter Wykeham-Martin

These unique memoirs are a modest account of an outstanding naval career. They are very well written in an engaging style and provide a colourful picture of the Royal Navy in a tumultuous half century. The text is supported by a photo-plate section with an interesting selection of images.

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The book is well written in the first person and moves nicely through his career... An enjoyable book.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

This memoir, written in a graphic yet modest style, is a fascinating insight into a bygone era. The book is fittingly edited by his daughter Victoria, an historian and commentator.

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About B B Schofield

Vice Admiral B.B. Schofield had a distinguished naval career serving in both World Wars. He was closely involved in the planning of naval operations for D-Day and his insider view is told in Operation NEPTUNE (republished by Pen and Sword Maritime in 2008). He died in 1984. His daughter Victoria Schofield, the leading biographer and author, lives in West London.

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