Passport Not Required

Passport Not Required

U.S. Volunteers in the Royal Navy, 1939-1941

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United States participation on the side of the Allies in World War II did not officially occur until shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Although it took Japanese prompting and Germany's declaration of war for most Americans to focus on Axis belligerence prior to December 7, 1941 a group of 22 US citizens had already volunteered to serve with the Royal Navy, starting in 1939. This book by Berryman (veteran and scholar) et. al. tells the largely unknown story of a small cadre of well-educated and relatively privileged Americans who took decisive military action into their own hands before their country had gone to the war. The story will appeal to anyone with an interest in World War II and American History. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Naval Inst Pr
Before America entered World War II, twenty-two U.S. citizens went to England and volunteered with the Royal Navy. Commissioned between September 1939 and November 1941, they fought in the Battle of the Atlantic and on a variety of fronts. While the history of Americans serving in the Royal Air Force is well known, the story of these naval volunteers has not been previously told. Most trained at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, but since foreign military service was against U.S. law, their names were never made public. Now, after years of research, their identities and the details of their contributions can be made known.

Publisher: Annapolis, MD : Naval Institute Press, c2010
ISBN: 9781591142249
Branch Call Number: 940.54594 D567p 2010
Characteristics: xix, 186 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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