Heart of Oak

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Sheridan House, Inc., 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 282 pages
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Following the account of his childhood and early years at sea in A Steady Trade, Tristan Jones looks back on his time spent "below decks" in the Royal Navy during World War II.

The year is 1940. Upon his discharge from a sailing barge, Jones struggled alongside wartime recruits from all walks of life. After a period of instruction - and a fair share of punishment - aboard HMS GANGES, he returned to the sea, first on transatlantic convoy duties and later as part of arduous Arctic runs to Russia. By the time he turned 18, he'd survived three sinkings.

From the deck of the destroyer ECLECTIC, Jones witnessed a ferocious battle between HMS HOOD and the deadly German battleship BISMARCK, as well as the conflict that ended with the sinking of the SCHARNHORST in 1943.

Though most of his reminiscences take place at sea, Jones also writes of his days at home and on leave, sharing many experiences both comic and poignant.
 

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Contents

Foreword
ix
The Forge
ii
Off to War
13
Abandon Hope
27
The Nozzers
44
Up the Line
62
The Anvils
81
Cameroon
83
The Hammers
159
Brides of Death
161
A Visit from Winston
179
Ups and Downs
191
Midst Pleasures and Palaces
206
Promises and Threats
220
The Cockpits of Hell
235
Take Me Somewhere East of Suez
254

Maiden Voyage
100
One Bloody Thing
117
After Another
130
Close Encounters
146
Epilogue
273
Glossary
275
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