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The Wartime Memoirs of Royal Navy Commando Cyril Wood
“I was known as Slinger in the Navy, and I turned out to be a pretty good shot, you see. When I came back from the North Atlantic convoy, I had nightmares almost every night from what I had seen. I saw the floating dead bodies, heard the screaming and, oh god, I could feel that cold water. ‘Thank God it’s all over for you, my son,’ my mother said. ‘What an end!’ Oh no it wasn’t. The War was still on and so we were fit and able to fight on.”
This book is Cyril Wood’s memoir. It reflects his recollections of experiences from his time in the British Royal Navy during World War II. He passed away before the memoir was written down and it thus represents a collection of notes, photos and video transcripts put together by his granddaughter, Rebekka Cecile Wood Strand. Nothing has been removed from the original content or changed, although some adaptations have been made to keep the timeline as accurate as possible. It was important to his granddaughter that this book convey a true picture of who the man Cyril Wood truly was, not just in speech, but also in action. The writing is therefore in the same style as his spoken word and some of his language might occasionally be hard to understand as he uses contemporary slang. This book was written so that a unique story about a normal young man in a unique time was not lost to the ever-moving pendulum of time.
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