When I Was On The Tartar by Michael Payne
2012 | AZW3/EPUB | 276 pages | ASIN: B008EEAPHW | ISBN-10: 1871131170 | English | 755 KB
A boy of 16, Michael Payne left Northampton to Join the Navy and See the World in 1969. This is his story of 12 years in the Senior Service, mostly during the 1970s when he served in HMS Zulu, Tartar, Plymouth and Londonderry, during which time he rose to become Leading Seaman. Politically incorrect and graphically told, this is a story of the post-war navy, with no epic battles. The author recounts tales of visits to foreign places, much drinking, joking and teasing, and testing the limits of tolerance, sometimes of comrades, sometimes of those in command.
The book is about my experiences in the Royal Navy throughout the seventies. It isn't about war, it is about my escapades, the people I met, the people I annoyed,and the people who annoyed me. It's about my training, my times abroad, my mates, the winding-up,the runs ashore, the interminable exercises,the 'getting-in-to-trouble', the getting out of trouble….
It's been described as a 'valuable document of social history', of the Navy during that period, utterly authentic, as a naval version of 'Men Behaving Badly',and the epitome of the lower deck during that period.
There ARE no other books available which so exactly encapsulate Jack's life afloat and ashore.
'When I Was On The Tartar…' WILL appeal to anyone with an interest in Naval History as well as anyone who has served in the Royal Navy.
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