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This is a second-hand paperback book. Signed by the author.

Condition: The cover has heavy fading, creasing and staining, colour and surface wear, numerous writing indentations, and wear to the corners. There is large heavy age spotting and browning to the inside of the front and back cover, to the first and last 2 pages, and to the edges of the compressed pages. There is a name and R.N.Z.N number written on the first page in blue pen. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean.

The dimensions: 149 x 210 mm
Pages: 144
Publisher: Rimu Publishing Company
Publication date: 1984 first edition


Kiwis on the Messdeck
By L.J.H Wackrow


New Zealand is not a large country, so the size of her Navy was, in comparison with her Allies, quite small. The few ships she had to man in World War Two employed only approximately half of the volunteers available to the service.

Naval personnel not required for manning home-based ships were drafted overseas to serve in Royal Naval vessels all over the world. Usually as R.N.Z.N, ratings joined British ships in twos and threes, their movements seldom attracted any mention in their home newspapers, compared with the publicity given to those in the service on the home station.

Altogether 'five New Zealanders served on the author's ship, H.M.S. Aurora. This story is intended to be an amalgam of their service, covering the period from 1941 to 1945.

The book is also dedicated to 'all those R.N.Z.N. personnel who served in the Royal Navy during World War Two.


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