In Praise of the Sailor(prelude to Trafalgar Day)


Nelson flag ship0703681_10152823712248205_1680710045000244792_nA piece of work from WWII:hms-anson

“You can talk of your famous Army,
And glorious Air Force too.
But do you ever think of the Navy,
And the job they have to do?

No sane man ever sails those seas,cockade 003
And expects to live it through.
So thank your stars,
You have fighting tars,
Who wear the Navy Blue.

We don’t fly over your city,
Or march with a heavy pack.
But the Navy takes you there,hms_cockade
And do our best to bring you back.

No frantic crowds to see us off,
No commotion in the town.
And when we’re lost in action,
It’s just another ship gone down.

There’s no more than a whistle,victory
As we slip quietly to sea.
To protect our precious merchant fleet,
From the ruthless enemy.

We face the cold Atlantic,
The ice bergs, snow and sleet.
No matter what the sacrifice,image005[1]
For us there’s no retreat.

We’re tossed about by the angry seas,
And battered on the run.
Bombed by enemy aircraft,
And blasted by their gun.

It’s freezing on the upper deck,
And hot as hell below.
We’re seasick, bruised and battered,onyx
But the convoy must go through.

We guard your vital food supplies,
Your planes, your guns and tanks.
For your existence over there,
to Merchant Boys give thanks.

Give credit to your Army,
And Air Force where its due.
But we’d like you to remember,navy0001
That you have a Navy too.”

‘Jack.’

God Bless and keep reading

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About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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