To Sea in a Sieve

To Sea in a Sieve

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 35.56 x 48.26 x 5.08mm | 22.68g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552092835
  • 9780552092838

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Really (really) good book about Landing Craft in WW2. The author, Peter Bull, was a well known British actor on the outbreak of WW2. He joined the RNVR and served out the war in Landing Craft, primarily Tank Landing Craft. He is quite a humourous writer, he stresses the lighter side of life and pokes a lot of fun at his own gaffes and lack of seamanship. Aside from all of that, you do get a good look at the grim side of what it was like on Landing Craft, on long trips, in action, the living conditions, what they were like in combat. Its a good all round picture. He goes through chronologically, starting with lower deck training, officer training, his first command, a look at the Canadian and Commando raid on Dieppe, then on to the Mediterranean and the landings at Anzio and Salerno, then the invasion of the South of France. For all the humour and the pokes at his own ability, by the end of the war he had been awarded the DSC, promoted to Lieutenant-Commander and commanded a Flotilla of landing craft. No mean achievement. 224 pages, 13 b&w photos. Contents as follows Part One: Extraordinary Seaman-1941 (HMS Raleigh, HMS Thing, HMS Hesperus, HMS King Alfred) Part Two: In and Out of Flat Bottoms-1942 (HMTLC 168 and HMLCT 303, Alarms and Excursions, including a Day Trip to Dieppe, Shocks Snacks and Surprises, HMLCF 16 (a Landing Craft Flak)) Part Three: The Mediterranean Cruise Section (North Africa, Sicily and Salerno, Disappointments and Diversions, Anzio, Ritorno di Messina, My Ship and Those Who Sailed in Her Part Four: The Lieutenant-Co)mmander Hates the Sea (Towards the Cote D Azur, Marseilles and HMS Sordid, Winter of Discontent, Adriatic Antics, Not the easiest Way Home) The author, Lieutenant-Commander Peter Cecil Bull, DSC (b 21 March 1912 in London - d 20 May 1984) was a British character actor. He was the son of Hammersmith MP Sir William Bull, Bt.. In the 1970\'s he ran a small shop just off Notting Hill Gate, selling zodiac related items. He was educated at Winchester College. His first professional stage appearance was in If I Were You at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1933. He was brought to Hollywood for a small role in Marie Antoinette (1938), which co-starred his lifelong friend and fellow Briton Robert Morley. His performance as the Russian Ambassador, Alexi de Sadesky, in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963) is among the best-known of his several dozen film and TV appearances. Other films include As You Like It (1936), Oliver Twist (1948), Scrooge (1951, in which he both narrated and played a small on-screen role), The African Queen (1951, he plays the Captain of the Louisa), The Green Man (1956), The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960), Tom Jones (1963), The Intelligence Men (1965) and Doctor Dolittle (1967). His last film appearances were in 1983. In films, the corpulent Bull was often cast as unpleasant prosecuting attorneys, hard-hearted businessmen or officious government men; on stage, he enjoyed a wider variety of roles, and at one time ran his own repertory company. His career was put in abeyance for war service, during which he won the Distinguished Service Cross. Outside of his theatrical work, Bull was well known for his interest in astrology, and even better known for his fascination with teddy bears. He owned perhaps the world\'s largest and most valuable collection of teddies, and wrote several witty, informative books on the subject (one of his bears appeared prominently in the internationally popular TV serial Brideshead Revisited (25th Anniversary Collector\'s Edition). Peter Bull died shortly after finishing his role in the movie Yellowbeard(1984), which also represented the last screen work of another prominent British performer, Marty Feldman Interestingly enough, he apparantly is probably best remembered for his standard work on the subject of teddy bears with the title Bear with me: the teddy bear: A symposium. He actually wrote a number of books on Teddy Bears - a few of them are Teddy Bear Book, Hug of Teddy Bears: 2, Bully Bear and the Teddy Bear Rally. Hmmmmmm! Actor. Corpulent. Teddy Bears. ex-Royal Navy. And he also wrote a book called It Isn\'t All Greek to Me. Illus Furse. about his experiences in trying to buy a house in Greece. Pretty eclectic Mix. I had no idea about all of this until I started researching the guy prepatory to writing this review of his book, which I have owned for many years (actually, my original copy was my Dad\'s who had bought it when it was first published in the UK - Peter Bull was apparantly very well known in the UK back in the late 1940s and 1950s, something to which he alludes now and then in the book. Whose heard of him now. Kind of reminds one of the old poem, Ozymandias, I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shatter\'d visage lies, whose frown And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamp\'d on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed. And on the pedestal these words appear: \"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!\" Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, The lone and level sands stretch far away Anyhow, that was just an aside on how soon we are forgotten.show more
by Nigel Hayhurst
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