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Three Corvettes (Cassell Military History) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. März 2000


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This is how the war at sea really was By the author of The Cruel Sea Includes some of the most dramatic literature of the sea ever written Nicholas Monsarrat: one of the finest writers of his generation

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See description above. After the war, Monsarrat's career as diplomat and novelist took every twist and turn in the book. He died of cancer in 1979 and was buried at sea from a destroyer, off Portsmouth.


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Great collection of short stories 30. März 2001
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Originally published as "Monsarrat at Sea". It contains all his short stories about the sea: HM Corvette, East Coast Corvette, Corvette Command (all publ. during the war), HMS Marlborough Will Enter Harbor, Ship that Died of Shame, etc. Everything but "The Cruel Sea". Some stories are fiction, others are not, but they're all great tales told with eloquence, wit, style and substance. I read almost no fiction but this is one of my favorite books.
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Wonderful author, gripping "you are there" feel 6. Juni 2007
Von Thomas R. Dean - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I just finished this wonderful book. Like most, I suppose, I'd first heard of Monsarrat through "The Cruel Sea". This is a first person account, the text broken into three chapters (originally published separately during the War) accorfding to the particular ship on which Monsarrat served, of his experiences on corvettes in the Royal Navy during World War II.

The enormous pleasure given by the book is due:

in part simply to the brilliance of the writing - the book is highly gripping whether or not at that moment there is anything "objectively" exciting involving the ship -

and in part because the author is extraordinarily funny, insightful, sensitive, warm and smart! What a terribly funny book this is - something I hadn't expected at all - and yet there is much tragedy and much that is simply fascinating.

The reader is truly there with the author on these corvettes - always the author has in mind, "What would the reader see, feel, smell, be moved by, if he were here with me right now on the deck of a corvette during the War?"

Reading the book makes me terribly sad that Monsarrat has died - I'd love to have met him, seen him in interviews -- his sensitivity and charm and absolutely brilliant humor are just so evident. What a wonderful man.

You'd love this book - I did.
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The War at Sea- A First Hand Account 22. Oktober 2006
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"Three Corvettes" is a compilation in one volume of three shorter accounts by author Nicholas Monsarratt of his time at sea with the British Royal Navy during the Second World War.

The three accounts, "HMS Corvette", "East Coast Corvette", and "Corvette Command", are arranged chronologically around Monsarratt's progression during 1940-1943 from newly-minted Sub-Lieutenant to battle-hardened Lieutenant in Command of a corvette. The collection constitutes an eye-witness account of the Allied convoys in the Battle of the North Atlantic, a story that Monsarratt would tell in thinly fictionized but more complete fashion in "The Cruel Sea", published well after the war.

The three accounts were published in piece-meal fashion during the Second World War, out of Monsarratt's fear that he might not survive the fighting. The accounts reflect wartime censorship with respect to names of ships, tactics, and exact times and places; they are not meant to be a precise history.

Monsarratt more than makes up for this lack of historical rigor by his keenly observant eye and equally keen understanding of human nature. "Three Corvettes" is a gripping story of very human sailors struggling to be professionals in a task that was by turns boring and terrifying, requiring the extraordinary endurance to function under harsh conditions of weather and sea and enemy attack.

This book is highly recommended to the casual reader seeking an exciting account of the Second World War at sea, and to the historian seeking a authentic taste of the experience of the convoys.
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Seafaring author brings conflict at sea home 5. Mai 2012
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When World War II broke out, Nicholas Monsarrat was a newly married writer with some experience on the water. After volunteering in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, Monsarrat found himself at a shipyard where his new assignment, a small warship, was under construction. When the corvette was launched, so too was Monsarrat's six-year career as an officer and later commander aboard ships in the North Atlantic and English Channel.

Monsarrat spent most of his time protecting convoys, which carried vital materiel from North America to Britain, and later from Britain to the Continent. His mortal enemies: U-boats, German bombers and the sea itself. Although Monsarrat never engaged in any traditional large-scale naval battles, his service involved many harrowing moments. In "Three Corvettes," Monsarrat's war memoir, he is usually at his best when capturing the tension of an extended engagement, whether it be with a storm that is tossing his small ship mercilessly or with an enemy gunboat that is stalking his fleet.

The writer also has an excellent eye for the small details that create and sustain a picture of military life at sea. For example, after a harbor passage has been declared free of mines, several vessels urge their fellow travelers to dock first -- a case of discretion being the better part of self-preservation, if not valor. Monsarrat also recalls headquarters issuing a report of fair weather while his ship is gripped by a massive storm. "Don't they ever look out of the window?" a seaman grouses.

Monsarrat is not above poking fun at himself when warranted. When a lookout notes an aircraft on the starboard side, Monsarrat takes to the ship intercom to point out its friendly markings. As the plane passes overhead, his lecture is interrupted by the lookout, who "respectfully" observes: "Stick of bombs coming down, sir."

While Monsarrat has plenty of bouquets to throw to his shipmates, he evinces great respect for the merchant seamen who risked death to supply materiel. Some of the book's best passages relate to the search for and recovery of survivors of torpedoed vessels. In some passages, he shares his contempt for landlubbers bent on cheating the wartime gasoline rationing system.

This is not the most gripping book; Monsarrat's spare delivery means that the emotional impact of many scenes may be lost unless the reader correctly infers just what is occurring. Still, this is an excellent window on one important aspect of World War II.

About half of "Three Corvettes" consists of Monsarrat's three short volumes about corvette service. The material is supplemented by three essays and two stories. The former group includes a summary of Monsarrat's war years, published many years after his in-and-of-the-moment memoirs; and two pieces about Dunkirk.

"The Ship that Died of Shame" explores the post-War decline of three characters whose glory years involved patrolling the Channel as the global conflict wound up to its conclusion. This is a fine read, but by far my favorite single item in the entire collection is "H.M.S. Marlborough Will Enter Harbor," about a vessel's desperate fight to survive after being torpedoed in the Atlantic.

Aficionados of military history and naval writing will likely enjoy "Three Corvettes."
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A Fine Nonfiction Version of The Cruel Sea 9. September 2007
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Monsarrat's The Cruel Sea is an outstanding novel of Corvettes escorting convoys in the Atlantic during War II, and is perhaps the finest book written about the war at sea. It rings so true because the author had been there and done that--having served in the three corvettes described in the book. So vived is this account of Monsarrat's service that I found it more compelling even than the novel, and hated to see it end.

It's too bad Three Corvettes is out of print. Anyone who can get hold of a copy should take advantage of the opportunity.
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