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All Hands: The Lower Deck of the Royal Navy, 1939 to the Present

All Hands: The Lower Deck of the Royal Navy, 1939 to the Present Day - Brian Lavery

London: Conway, 2012, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Diagrams; Glossary; Cartoons;

From the cover: “In 1939 the Royal Navy was still the largest in the world and the most prestigious of the British armed services. Manning the ships and bases of the navy were more than 118,000 men, the vast majority seamen of ‘the lower deck’. This is their story, from the Second World War — when the navy reached a record level of 790,000 men — via conscription and National Service to the present day.

All Hands examines how the seaman adapted to enormous technical, social and operational changes. Proud of his long traditions, the seaman has had to adapt to a very different global and national situation. The Falklands War of 1982 provided the men of the navy with an opportunity to demonstrate that they had lost none of their prowess and courage since the Second World Wan but in the new millennium the threat at sea comes less from nations and navies than from pirates and terrorists.

In increasingly high-tech ships, special skills have come to the fore — expertise with electronics is now largely valued more than muscle power, gunnery or seamanship — resulting in a change of culture. As even class is particularly sensitive for the status of the lower deck, while the navy has had to fall into line with the rest of society and accept the rights of ethnic minorities and homosexuals. And the introduction of the women’s service, the Wrens, eventually resulted in women serving alongside men at sea. The seagoing environment of the lower deck changed too: out went the rum ration, while hammocks disappeared, to be replaced by bunks.

Based on primary research and first-hand accounts, All Hands examines these issues, including recruitment, training and uniform in this, the third of Brian Lavery’s acclaimed trilogy, which began with Royal Tars and Able Seamen, completing the history of the naval rating over a period of some 500 years.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Orange titling to the Spine. 328 pages.
£23.30
All Hands: The Lower Deck of the Royal Navy, 1939 to the Present