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U.S. Volunteers in the Royal Navy, 1939-1941
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591142249
  • Binding: Hardcover & eBook
  • Era: WWII
  • Number of Pages: 192
  • Subject: History
  • Date Available: October 2010
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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. 

Eric Dietrich-Berryman, a native of Germany, is a thirty-year veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserve. He lives in Cape Henry, VA. 

Charlotte Hammond, a resident of Worthing, England, is a solicitor with a British law firm. 

Ronald E. White joined the Royal Navy at age fifteen and served for six years, until 1962. He died in 2009.

Praise for Passport Not Required

Passport Not Required would be enjoyed by regular watchers of the History Channel, amateur military historians, and fans of inspirational non-fiction.”

— Nautical Research Journal, Spring 2012

“Offers a unique look at a little-known, minor aspect of Britain’s wartime navy. The adventures of 22 capable and adaptable Americans in various parts of the British and American services bring the war at sea to life.”

The Northern Mariner, July 2011

"This should be an interesting read for World War II buffs, both heroic and tragic stories abound."

Naval Historical Foundation, November 6, 2011

"Passport Not Required is the fascinating tale of 22 forgotten heroes--Americans who volunteered for the Royal Navy in the dark early days of World War II. Most were born into wealthy families and attended the best schools. There was no obligation for them to serve in another nation's war. Nevertheless they risked their lives--and sometimes lost them--to fight the Axis. The authors do a magnificant job of unearthing their now obscure, but still stirring, stories."

—Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and author of War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today and The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power

“This delightful, well-researched book tells the story of twenty-two American citizens who volunteered to serve in the Royal Navy between 1939 and 1941 when America was neutral and the British Empire fought alone for the cause of freedom. The Naval Institute Press is to be congratulated for recognizing the importance of the subject matter and publishing it. This book. . .  serves as a fitting tribute to the memory of a group of brave men who ‘bent’ their country’s rules to join up and fight. It is a fascinating story, well told that will, I hope, appeal to a wide readership in both the USA and the Commonwealth; I thoroughly recommend it.”

Journal of the Australian Naval Institute, June 2011, Issue 140









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