The Guns of Evening

The Guns of Evening A colossal mushroom of dense smoke rose spreading over the sea HMS Invincible sank swiftly in a welter of flame steam and spitting cordite Carrying the belligerent names that small English boys in s

  • Title: The Guns of Evening
  • Author: Ronald Bassett
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A colossal mushroom of dense smoke rose, spreading over the sea HMS Invincible sank swiftly in a welter of flame, steam and spitting cordite Carrying the belligerent names that small English boys in sailor suits wore proudly on their caps Invincible, Inflexible, Indomitable Britain s World War One Invincible class ships were powerfully sinister, each of 17,250 tons A colossal mushroom of dense smoke rose, spreading over the sea HMS Invincible sank swiftly in a welter of flame, steam and spitting cordite Carrying the belligerent names that small English boys in sailor suits wore proudly on their caps Invincible, Inflexible, Indomitable Britain s World War One Invincible class ships were powerfully sinister, each of 17,250 tons and mounting eight 12 inch guns that could hurl a broadside for almost ten miles, each crammed with a thousand men, and armed with massive, toad shaped turrets which lifted their long gun barrels to sniff at the sky for sight of the enemy But to gain speed, the Invincible s design had sacrificed strength one torpedo to the flimsy plating could rip open these monsters of the sea From the slum streets of Leith and the prize rings of the East End, through the training ground of the Worcester and the killing ground of Gallipoli to the last great roar of the guns of evening to the west of Jutland Bank, this masterly novel from the author of The Tinfish Run, The Pierhead Jump and The Neptune Landing carries the distinctive hallmark of a classic of war at sea Bassett not only vividly captures the personal stories of four men among Invincible s complement he also makes complex tactical aspects of combat at sea comprehensible, taut and engrossing Praise for The Guns of Evening Brings the tragic fate of HMS Invincible alive with dreadful vividness and authenticity The Irish Times Praise for Ronald Bassett Vividly described the voyage as seen through the sleep robbed eyes of matelots and officers alike Daily Telegraph Superb this is the authentic Navy Manchester Evening News Ronald Bassett joined the Navy as a boy His first ship was the cruiser Norfolk in which he served as a Telegraphist in the Arctic during the Bismarck action, and the North African landings He served in landing craft during the invasion of Normandy Endeavour Press is the UK s leading independent digital publisher For information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at endeavourpress Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks Follow us on Twitter EndeavourPress and on Facebook via on.fb 1HweQV7 We are always interested in hearing from our readers Endeavour Press believes that the future is now.

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    1. Great entertainment value : Starting and ending with HMS Invincible exploding at the Battle of Jutland ,the lives of four serving men on board, along with their dark pasts, are sketched out. One has to try to guess which, if any' are going to survive.There's a strong element of anti-heroism the men aren't idealised.In fact taboos are broken in the plot here; , an unmarried Middle Class girl with syphilis, incest and subsequent pregnancies amongst Glasgow slum dwellers, appalling ignorance about [...]

    2. A very informative book.I'm something of a student of WW II, so names of battles and the participants are not all that familiar to me, however I'm sure that some ships that served in the second world war were named after some of the men mentioned in this book. There was an HMS Hood that was sunk if I am correct, by the German battleship Bismarck. I liked the way Mr. Bassett incorporated fictional people in this work.

    3. Several lives converge and meet when HMS Invincible meets her end during the Battle of Jutland. Perhaps the most valued example of narritive 'semi'-fiction I own due to the marvelous descriptions of lower class English families prior to WW I. Bassett manages to tie all the knots in the expected finale, but it's just a canvas for some great characters and dialogue. Easily the best in its class!

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