High Seas to Home: Daily Dispatches from a Frigate at War
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A rare first-hand account of life on board a Royal Navy ship on escort duties in the North Atlantic during WWII. Letters from a Royal Navy coder to his wife during the Battle for the Atlantic. They represent a rich seam of social history.
The conflict at sea between Allied merchant ships, their Royal Navy escorts and the German U-boats was christened the Battle of the Atlantic by Winston Churchill on 6 March 1941.
Churchill said that the 'U-boat peril' was the only thing that ever really frightened him during the Second World War, but 70 years on the men who sailed on the Atlantic convoys are among the forgotten heroes of the conflict.
But what was it really like? Coder Cliff Greenwood was called up aged 40 and wrote home to his wife almost every day. The letters are a unique insight into life on the Atlantic convoys,
Cliff's duties as a specialist Royal Navy coder meant he was involved in the transmission of coded communications, between the escorting warships and their Merchant Navy charges, a role that gave him rare insights into the broader strategic picture
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