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@Read Pdf º The White Guns ê It s Springand the war has ended in Europe, but the hate and devastation linger on Lieutenant Vere Marriott of the Royal Navy, and the men of Motor Gunboatare moored in Kiel harbor, witness to the disintegration of the mighty German navy Where once they fought just to stay alive, Marriott and his men must now learn how to accept peace This is an intriguing novel It is set at the port of Kiel, Germany, immediately in the aftermath of the defeat of Germany in May, 1945 In fact, the principal character of the novel, British Lieutenant Were Marriott, captain of Motor Gunboat 801 enters Kiel on VE Day, where he is greeted by German sailors who are surrendering The novel captures the life in post war Germany as Britain attempts to deal with a multitude of problems clearing the port of wreckage, both on land and in the water th This is an intriguing novel It is set at the port of Kiel, Germany, immediately in the aftermath of the defeat of Germany in May, 1945 In fact, the principal character of the novel, British Lieutenant Were Marriott, captain of Motor Gunboat 801 enters Kiel on VE Day, where he is greeted by German sailors who are surrendering The novel captures the life in post war Germany as Britain attempts to deal with a multitude of problems clearing the port of wreckage, both on land and in the water the mental conflict of how to deal with German citizens are they still foe or are they to be treated otherwise the problems of the black market in a country where there is virtually nothing and yet the British sailors have access to as much alcohol, coffee, etc as they want the pursuit of German war criminals and the already strained relations between the Soviet Union and the Western Allies.This is not a novel of naval warfare It is a study in how British and German citizens after the war dealt in their various ways with the need to survive and help a defeated and destroyed country recover Reeman s books are interesting, but the characters and plots get repetitive This novel is different based, presumably, on Reeman s own experience in Kiel after the German surrender, it s a vivid and believable portrait of the devastation of Allied bombing, the degradation of defeat, the danger of first contact after surrender, and the difficulty of coming to terms with the Soviets as they were working to divide Europe.The bulk of the novel is a snapshot of a few months in Kiel as a secondary ch Reeman s books are interesting, but the characters and plots get repetitive This novel is different based, presumably, on Reeman s own experience in Kiel after the German surrender, it s a vivid and believable portrait of the devastation of Allied bombing, the degradation of defeat, the danger of first contact after surrender, and the difficulty of coming to terms with the Soviets as they were working to divide Europe.The bulk of the novel is a snapshot of a few months in Kiel as a secondary character an unlikeable but principaled naval commander pushes the lead characters to build trust with their former enemies, and to repair a destroyed seaport so that the British will be able to ship in enough food, blankets, and other supplies to keep the already malnourished civilian population in the British Occupation Zone barely alive during the coming winter Hunting for Nazi war criminals and the Black Market are also important themes.Read this book not for the plot itself which is OK but unremarkable , but to read about what happens after the shooting stops I picked this up a couple of years ago for 0.50 from my local library in hard cover large print Best 0.50 I ve ever spent on Reeman So very different for him In some ways he expands on a theme from Iron Pirate with the treatment of now post war Germany There s also no imagination fleet here which helps view spoiler Turns out Reeman was on the Kiel approaches on VE Day on an MTB and worked with the German Navy or what was left of it for the first six months of peace So I m I picked this up a couple of years ago for 0.50 from my local library in hard cover large print Best 0.50 I ve ever spent on Reeman So very different for him In some ways he expands on a theme from Iron Pirate with the treatment of now post war Germany There s also no imagination fleet here which helps view spoiler Turns out Reeman was on the Kiel approaches on VE Day on an MTB and worked with the German Navy or what was left of it for the first six months of peace So I m prepared to accept that Kiel in May 1945 was exactly as Reeman describes hide spoiler Of the ten of so Reeman s I ve read this is the one that s closest to high art and the one I ve re read the most Also it is absolutely a view spoiler love story hide spoiler which is why it has probably such a low rating compared with histraditional ripping yarns