TIN HATS, OILSKINS & SEABOOTS: A NAVAL JOURNEY, 1938-1945.

By: Jenson, Latham B. Foreword by W.A.B. Douglas.

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Book Condition: Very Good+


312 pp, oblong 8vo (8" H x 9" D). B&w drawings by the author/artist. "As a boy growing up on the Prairies in the Depression, (the author) dreamed of going to sea, became a sea cadet at HMS Undaunted in Calgary, and in 1938 joined the Royal Canadian Navy as an officer cadet, training with the Royal Navy in Britain until 1941. His wartime service began on HMS Renown in the South Atlantic, searching for the Graf Spee, and off Norway engaging the battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. He lost all his possessions when Renown was damaged by shellfire. He served on HMS Matabele and HMS Hood, leaving that ship weeks before she was sunk with all hands in battle with the Bismarck. Returning to Canada in late 1941, he was appointed to HMCS Ottawa, a destroyer on convoy escort duty in the North Atlantic. A year later she was sunk with great loss of life in a battle with German submarines. Jenson was among the lucky ones plucked from the Atlantic by a British corvette. He joined HMCS Niagara as executive officer, and in late 1943 briefly commanded the corvette Long Branch before going on to the destroyer Algonquin as executive officer, taking part in raids on German ships, including the Tirpitz, and being one of the ships to open fire on the shore defences in the invasion of Normandy. Algonquin completed the war raiding German shipping and escorting Allied convoys to Murmansk. The book is illustrated with L.B. Jenson's luminous line drawings, as well as sketches and diagrams illustrating uniforms, insignia and so on. His book is a valuable record not only of how ships fought the battles of the Atlantic, but of life on board, where men had to live under difficult conditions for weeks on end - all seen through the eyes of an energetic and engaging young officer." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - tiny crease at bottom edge of front cover.

Title: TIN HATS, OILSKINS & SEABOOTS: A NAVAL JOURNEY, 1938-1945.

Author Name: Jenson, Latham B. Foreword by W.A.B. Douglas.

Illustrator: Latham B. Jenson.

Categories: Military - World War II, Military - Naval: World War II,

Edition: Reprint

Publisher: Toronto, Robin Brass Studio: 2000

ISBN Number: 1896941141

ISBN Number 13: 9781896941141

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Very Good+

Seller ID: 22899

Keywords: World War II, Second World War, Royal Canadian Navy, RCN, Latham B. Jenson, Personal narratives, RN, HMS Renown, Matabele, Hood, Bismarck, Ottawa, Destroyers, Convoys, Niagara, Long Branch, Corvette, Algonquin, Tirpitz, Allies, Murmansk, Submarines, Undaunted, Graf Spee, Scharnhorst, Naval Battles, 20th Century, Naval Officers, Gneisenau, Sinkings, Escort Duty, north Atlantic, Normandy, Murmansk, Shipboard Life.,