Admiral Thunderbolt

The problem has not been what to put into this book, but what to leave out and still do justice to its subject.”

Author: Col. Hans Christian Adamson

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 9781787203914

Category: History

Page: 361

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“A Sea Cadet in 1711 and a Vice Admiral in 1718, young Wessel barged into battle against his Swedish foes wherever he found them, often in direct violation of orders issued by timid souls in the Admiralty. But Frederik IV, King of Denmark-Norway, loved a winner. He gave his youthful fighting cock promotion after promotion, over scores of officers of senior vintage. The result was that Peter had almost as many enemies among officers in the Danish-Norwegian Navy as he had in that of Sweden. “So great were his battle conquests and his services to the nation that Captain Wessel, soon after his twenty-fifth birthday, was given a Patent of Nobility and the name Tordenskjold. Roughly translated, this means (Torden) The Thunderbolt that Strikes and (Skjold) The Shield that Defends. In actions on land and sea, Tordenskjold lifted his nom de guerre to deathless and stratospheric heights. “While this book is based on historical events and peopled by real persons, it is by no means a definitive history. The Great Northern War, which ran from 1709 to 1719, sucked Denmark-Norway, Russia, Poland, and England into conflict against the then mighty Sweden. Its pattern is too complicated for compression into a one-volume book dedicated to pinpointing the career of a single participant. For that matter, the historical facts, folklore, and legends that have been built up over the centuries around Vice Admiral Peter Tordenskjold are so voluminous that, in themselves, they could cover quite a spread of bookshelf! The problem has not been what to put into this book, but what to leave out and still do justice to its subject.”
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Ned s Navy

Author: Frank Urban

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015047736171

Category: Admirals

Page: 184

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Admiral Clanky Entertains

Patrick Middleton was both, and is neither. In Admiral Clanky Entertains he does just that, telling the story of his many years in the Royal Navy, from Naval Cadet to Rear Admiral, with an iconoclastic wit and a bubbling broth of anecdotes.

Author: Patrick Middleton

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781848763852

Category: Admirals

Page: 264

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Think of an admiral. Dry, gilded, ponderous, radiating gravitas. Now think of an engineer. Earnest, precise, numerate, also radiating gravitas. Patrick Middleton was both, and is neither. In Admiral Clanky Entertains he does just that, telling the story of his many years in the Royal Navy, from Naval Cadet to Rear Admiral, with an iconoclastic wit and a bubbling broth of anecdotes. After surviving the idiosyncrasies of the Admiralty Interview Board he plunged into a Dartmouth not much changed since before World War II. With a couple of similarly rebellious colleagues, he fell into all sorts of trouble, frequently culminating in ‘cuts’, the beatings on which the discipline of the time seemed to depend. He survived the regime, and went off to sea to learn the practicalities of his new profession. Later he specialised in engineering, got married and became a watchkeeping engineer in an old but much loved cruiser. This appointment, which included a world cruise, was a rich fund for the stories with which this book sparkles. His time in submarines opened up a whole new sub-culture, and a lot of new tales to go with it. From the steaming heat of the waters round Indonesia to the icy deeps off the North Soviet coast, we live with him the extraordinary intimacy of life underwater. Patrick went on to comparative greatness, ending his career as Chief Engineer of the Fleet. Not bad for a lad who had always had a cynical view of authority and management. His eye for a distinctive image, his ear for a good ‘dit’, his love for a good woman and his obvious joy in life’s peculiarities last to the end of this splendid memoir. Read, laugh, admire, enjoy.
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The Admirals

A biographical compendium of articles on the officers who led Canada’s navy from 1910 to 1968.

Author: Michael Whitby

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 9781770702035

Category: History

Page: 416

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A biographical compendium of articles on the officers who led Canada’s navy from 1910 to 1968.
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The Princely Sailor

The name Mountbatten resonates through the history of Great Britain and the Commonwealth.

Author: Ian McGeoch

Publisher: Potomac Books Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105019203574

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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The name Mountbatten resonates through the history of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. Born in 1900 as Prince Louis of Battenberg, a great grandson of Queen Victoria, Louis Mountbatten's life was at first shaped by the First World War and its aftermath; in mid-career he was a victorious commander in the Second World War; and when peace came he brought independence to India and Pakistan. Mountbatten took for granted the unique social status accorded to members of the British Royal Family, even in the century of the common man. However, as an officer in the Royal Navy, from naval cadet to Admiral of the Fleet, he was above all a professional. In his final years of active service, Mountbatten brought into being the Central Organisation for Defence which, despite imperfection, has functioned well; and the wisdom of his advice on cardinal issues of peace and security has been widely recognised. Mountbatten remains a controversial figure, even though his faults, when considered in the light of the world shaking events in which he was involved, are overwhelmingly outweighed by his achievements. His murder, and those of members of his family and a friend, on 27 August 1979, by assassins of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, shocked the world.
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The Story of the Britannia

"The Story of the "Britannia" is a book that gives an account of the Naval Academy and the old Naval College.

Author: Edward Phillips Statham

Publisher: DigiCat

ISBN: EAN:8596547043355

Category: Education

Page: 239

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"The Story of the "Britannia" is a book that gives an account of the Naval Academy and the old Naval College. This book focuses on official ideas which have prevailed during different periods concerning the education of young naval officers. It covers the early stages of the cadet during the mid-nineteenth century to their current prominent level.
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