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    Peter Broadbent(Author)
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"I joined HMS Ganges on 5 January 1960 and slept in the same mess as Peter Broadbent for the next year. This book is a great read and a very true account of early 'Blue Suit Life' - it made me smile and brought a tear to my eye. Every trog should have a copy in his little brown case."--Shep Woolley (Ex  Ganges Boy)'A tremendously engaging read....an amusing and poignant memoir.'--Navy News, January 2014

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  • PDF | 284 pages
  • Peter Broadbent(Author)
  • Chaplin Books (21 Mar. 2013)
  • English
  • 8
  • Biography
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  • By Chris1 on 27 January 2017

    I too was at Ganges and, indeed, was a recruit in Keppel division in 1968.The author clearly states that he invented characters and dialogue. To me (and I was there) the said inventions mostly serve to add a humourous, contrived slant. The interaction with instructors seems very unlikely. And, being allowed on (or even near) the mast whilst still in the Annexe?My brother-in-law, a recruit at the same time as the author, agrees with me: we both gave up on the book after a few chapters.However, this book (after a suggestion by my daughter) prompted me to begin writing my own account, purely for my daughter and, recently born grandsons, benefit.

  • By Kindle CustomerS on Parker on 1 May 2017

    Some of this book does not tally right.Far to much fiction ,not enough facts or truth of what it was like as I had known it.

  • By allenmac on 24 January 2013

    As a child of the time and having been through it in another uniform I was attracted to this title because I had friends of mine go to Ganges. For a book of memories I thought it was very well put together. Interesting and entertaining. A good read which I was sorry to have to finish.

  • By Mr. A. Harper on 8 November 2012

    absolutely spot on i served in 1971 and this is as good a view of my 9 months there as you could get, even though the author was there ten years prior to me every detail is exactly the same, i loved his description of the pti's a must read if you served and want to go back to your youth

  • By Ian J Cowell on 21 February 2014

    I joined HMS Ganges February 1953. Whilst I remember quite a lot of my naval service, my time at HMS GANGES is a distant memory. I have just read Peter Broadbent’s ‘HMS GANGES Days’ which brought back so many memories of my time at this infamous boys training establishment. I was still at ‘Ganges’ 61 years ago and left in June 1954 as a fully trained ‘Bunting Tosser’ albeit as a Signal Boy 1st Class. Peter has done an extraordinary job describing in the most amazing detail his life as a ‘TROG’ which brings back ‘happy’,’ unhappy’, ‘pleasant’ and ‘unpleasant’ memories. 40 years ago, I responded to a request from a programme on the BBC to write “A Day in the Life of…” story. I subsequently wrote a short story “The Day I joined The Royal Navy” (broadcast but never published). Peter Broadbent’s account of his life a HMS GANGES follows very neatly on from my short story. An excellent read well worth buying if you were a ‘Ganges’ trained sailor.

  • By wildmike on 13 July 2012

    When I learned of this new book I just had to obtain it. I discovered my late dad was at a place called 'HMS Ganges' when he was a new young recruit in July/Aug 1942 in readiness for his service on the Atlantic Convoys in WW2.I did some research on the establishment and read an account in book form, written by John Davies, published in 1947 and entitled The Stone Frigate. It fascinated me but this latest account by Peter Broadbent is simply excellent in the way it tracks a man's (boy's) time through a very serious and British Naval Institution in a realistic yet very humourous way. Whilst sympathising with Peter, John Davies, my dad and thousands of other young lads who went through this arduous system, it made me realise what used to turn boys into responsible, mature adults and how it served to set them on the right course for life itself, let alone the high seas and world wars.Peter Broadbent's book is a wonderful personal insight and a sheer delight to read. Beware, it is also capable of producing the 'LOL' tendency in a crowded place so be careful where you read it if you wish to avoid being regarded as the loony on the bus!

  • By jbat66 on 14 August 2012

    An excellant read. I joined Ganges two years after Peter in September 1962 and having read this book has brought back all the pleasant and unpleasant memories to me . It was an extremely harsh regime but it stood us all in good stead, later in life. Ganges lads were well respected throughtout the Navy due to that harsh environment and where basic naval training along with character building led everyone to be part of a team. This book has it all from being made to go in the boxing ring, to being made to go over the mast. To having your kit pulled out of your locker on a Saturday afternoon and your kit being walked over by your instructor just so as to make everyone go and wash their kit in the laundry block so you couldn't enjoy the deleights of Felixstowe or Harwich ( I dont think)This is for those who think the youngsters of today are treated too harsh or unfairly. Well worth reading

  • By Guest on 16 March 2016

    I was just to old to go to a boys training establishment, although HMS St Vincent was still going strong. I did basic training in Part 1 Collingwood for 6 weeks with mostly national service men. Ganges is an eye opener for me. I did meet some Vincent boys and I imagine they went through the same process. That was tough, a lot tougher than I had experienced in training. This is a good read and recommended for civilians and Ex RN.The author knows the subject and has a good memory for his own experiences, apart from the small detail that in the RN we never shout ATTENTION. we are proud to be the only service that uses the word HO.

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