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JENSON, Latham B DOUGLAS, W.A.B., foreword. Tin Hats, Oilskins & Seaboots : A Naval Journey, 1938-1945. First Edition.
Robin Brass Studio, Toronto, 2000, ISBN:1896941141 2000 1896941141 / 9781896941141
JENSON, Latham B. Tin Hats, Oilskins & Seaboots : A Naval Journey, 1938-1945. Foreword by W.A.B. Douglas. Toronto : Robin Brass Studio, (2000). First Printing. Pp (8),9-312. Double column. Illustrated throughout. Oblong 8vo, art-illustrated white cardcovers with blue spine.
An adoptive Nova Scotian's reflections on his varied naval experience in World War Two, including service in HMS Renown, Matabele, and Hood, in corvettes on the North Atlantic , and in destroyers in support of the Normandy landings. Illustrated with dozens of Jenson's detailed and evocative line drawings.
"Tin Hats, Oilskins & Seaboots tells the story of the wartime naval career of one of Nova Scotia's favourite author / artists. L.B. Jenson was born in Calgary in 1921. As a boy growing up on the Prairies in the Depression, he 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." - from the rear cover,
Surviving this, he joined the destroyer Niagara on convoy duty before going to HMCS Algonquin, one of the first ships to open fire in the Normandy invasion. The book is illustrated with Jenson's line drawings, as well as sketches and diagrams of uniforms, insignia and so on. It 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.
Foreword by W.A.B. Douglas;
1. Getting under Way : Calgary, the 1920s and 1930s;
2. Joining the Navy: HM Ships Erebus, Frobisher and Vindictive 1938-39;
3. The War Gets under Way : HMS Renown, 1939;
4. Small Ship Time : HMS Matabele, 1940;
5. Big Ship Time : HMS Hood, 1941;
6. A Young Sub-Lieutenant, Ship Time : Portsmouth and Halifax, 1941;
7. On Convoy Escort Duty : HMCS Ottawa, 1941;
8. The Valley of the Shadow of Death : HMCS Ottawa, September 1942;
9. The Atlantic Lifeline;
10. Of Canadians and Convoys;
11. Gem of the Ocean : HMCS Niagara , 1942-1943;
12. Fairest of My Loves : HMCS Algonquin, January 1944;
13. The Invasion of Normandy : HMCS Algonquin, May - June 1944;
14. Winding Up the Bloody War : July 1944 to War's End;
15. A Compendium of Naval Uniforms, Insignia, Badges, Lore and Practice.
With glossary and index.
Very good. 15.00
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