Bryan Smalley, born to a non naval family in Middlesex decided to join the Royal Navy in 1947, as a Boy Seaman aged 15, rather than progress his studies at Hampton Grammar School. He progressed from the lowest rank of seaman to become an officer and to command a submarine.
Bryan Smalley's memoirs capture the spirit of times and a naval career that, despite being relatively recent history, is becoming unknown and almost unknowable. In 1947 the Royal Navy was almost 200,00 strong with fleets and ships serving across the globe. Today the Royal Navy has 23,000 serving personnel and its ships are sorely tried to meet their commitments.
He tells of his service in a number of ships and his journey.
ISBN: 9781841040967Format: HardbackAuthor(s): Bryan SmalleyFirst Publishment Date: 1 August 2004